The Appeal of Mino Washi

2 April 2012

6:00 – 7:30pm, followed by a drinks reception to 8:00pm

Daiwa Foundation Japan House

Mino washi (traditional Japanese paper from Mino City) has a proud tradition of more than 1,300 years and has a fine fibre texture that is highly regarded as beautiful and robust. Mino washi is made from the raw materialkozo (a native Japanese mulberry tree), and carefully processed without the use of chemicals with skilled craftsmen using traditional and time honoured processes, such as drying out in the sun.

Satoshi Hasegawa is an artisan manufacturing paper in Mino City in Gifu Prefecture. The technique he uses to make washi, is a traditional process native to the Mino region using domestic materials. His main product is the high quality ‘Usu Mino Thin Paper’ which is widely used to repair ancient cultural treasures such as manuscripts and texts in art galleries and museums at home and abroad.

Upon receiving a commission from the Ruthin Craft Centre where his skills are highly valued, Mr Hasegawa has supplied the centre with 600 sheets of Mino washi for the creation of a sculptural space at the exhibition,Japanese Style: Sustaining Design. The exhibition will take place at the Ruthin Craft Centre in Wales from 1 April to 24 June 2012 (

Mr Hasegawa believes “Paper in itself may just be a material, but it is my ongoing mission to continue and develop this work, and to connect the tradition with the next generation”.

This special event at Daiwa Foundation Japan House will begin with opening remarks from Mr Kazuyoshi Kano, Vice Mayor of Mino City and Mr Akira Watanabe, Executive Director, Department of Industry Promotion, Mino City.

Satoshi Hasegawa

Satoshi Hasegawa was born in 1964. In 1991, he studied under the late foremost craftsman of Minowashi, Kozo Furuta, who was dedicated to making traditional papermaking for more than fifty years. Hasegawa established his own studio in 1993. In 2003 he was designated by the Japanese national body The Association for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries as a “traditional craftsman”.

Zoë Howard

Zoë Howard graduated from the University of Brighton in 2011 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Printmaking. She developed a deep interest in Japanese art and culture, in particular washi, after a study exchange to Nagoya University of Arts, Japan in 2010. Since then, she has completed an artist in residence at the Mino Paper Art Village Project, exploring ideas of light and space, movement and stillness through the manipulation of handmade Mino washi. She is currently based in London and is continuing to develop work using Japanese paper.