It was written in a document of the Imperial Treasure House (Shosoin Homotsu Monjo) that about 1,200 years ago. Etchu kokushi or Gokayama washi paper (traditional and hand-made paper of Taira village) was offered to the Imperial Court, and it is said that 20 bundles of Nakaorigami washi paper were offered to Toshinaga Maeda who was the second lord of the Kaga clan in the Keicho era (about 400 years ago).
Gokayama washi paper is made from mixture of Kozo (paper mulberry) fibers and Tororo Aoi (hollyhock). This mixture gives the paper excellent quality and wonderful durability.
Gokayama washi paper has a long tradition and has been a success for over 1,200 years.
Gokayama washi paper has been used for repairing important cultural properties of the Imperial Household Agency and many other things, including the shoji-paper of Katsura-Rikyu (one of the most beautiful, artistic, and well-preserved Imperial villas in Kyoto).
Nowadays Gokayama washi paper has attracted much attention as a material for various arts and crafts, including chigiri-e, many artists such as woodblock printers and painters look for it especially for their works.
Gokayama washi paper (recognized as the name of "Etchu-Washi") is designated as a national important traditional craft.

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Ainokura Gassho-style villages

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