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Sekishu Banshi (UNESCO Intangible Cultural Property)

石州半紙

Traditional paper-making technique recognized as UNESCO intangible cultural property

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Sekishu Banshi is traditional Japanese handmade paper that has an over 1,300-year history in the Iwami region of Shimane. It is praised for its high quality and durability. It was designated as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Property in 2007. Back in the day, accountants used this paper for their books because in the case of a fire they could save the data by throwing it in a well. The same paper that lined those books is still being used to make the masks and costumes for local Iwami Kagura performances. You can try making your own Sekishu Washi paper at the Sekishu Washi Center in the Misumi area of Hamada City.

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