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General Infomation
visiting artist
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Supporting members and Members' circle

Policy for the use of the facilities

The rules stipulated here are designed to ensure the smooth operation of the facilities at the Hall of Awa Japanese Handmade Paper (here in after referred to as the Awagami Factory) and apply to those who wish to use these facilities. All the users of the facilities are expected to comply with these rules and exercise common sense for actions not specifically covered in these rules.

1. Objective

The Awagami Factory, whose objective is to preserve and promote washi, opens its facilities to those who wish to experience, practice and/or expand their papermaking art skills.

2. User Classification

The users of the Awagami Factory are classified into two groups: visiting artists and general visitors.

Visiting artists are those who wish to use the facilities of the Awagami Factory as their temporary workshop to try and expand their washi-making skills. They must complete the required procedures, such as submitting the application form (acceptance is based upon our artist acceptance standards) before they are permitted to use the facilities.
The acceptance standards used for the evaluation of visiting artists' application are not open to the public.

General visitors are those who are members of the Members' Circle of the Hall of Awa Japanese Handmade Paper or the Supporting Group, or those who are non-members who pay the admission fee to enter the Awagami Factory. These visitors are allowed to experience the washi-making process at the Awagami Factory, and see the displays in the exhibition rooms or read reference materials at the library.

3. Use Fee, Period of Use and Utilization Time

Papermaking area (for commercial use)

Use Fee ¥100,000
Period 2 days period
Utilization Time 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.

Papermaking Try-out Area (for general visitors)

Postcard 3 cards ¥ 500 (cost of materials included)
Hanshi, Nichohan size 2 sheets ¥ 500 (270 x 365 mm)
(cost of materials included)
Letter set 2 envelopes,
4 letter papers,
1 postcard
¥ 1,000 (cost of materials included)
1 ¥ 500
Indigo-dyeing open activity ¥ 8,000 per 1 kg of material to bedyed
Open papermaking 3 hours of personal
¥ 1,500 (cost of speciallyprepared materials not included)

* Depending on the conditions of Papermaking are and Papermaking Try-out area, reservation in advance may be required.

Exhibition Room No. 1

Use Fee: ¥30,000
Period: 6 days period (Tuesday - Sunday)
Utilization Time: 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. (until 4 P.M. on the last day)

Exhibition Room No. 2

Use Fee: ¥25,000
Period: 6 days period (Tuesday - Sunday)
Utilization Time: 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. (until 4 P.M. on the last day)

Multi-Purpose Hall

Use Fee: ¥4,000 from 10 A.M. to 12 noon
¥10,000 from 1 P.M. to 5 P.M.
¥8,000 from 6 P.M. to 9 P.M.
¥20,000 for the entire day (from 10 A.M. to 9 P.M.)
Utilization Time: 10 A.M. to 9 P.M.

Design Room

Use Fee: Free of charge for those permitted by the Awagami Factory
Period: As permitted
Utilization Time: 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.

*Those who wish to use the facilities outside the times specified above must contact the office of the Awagami Factory in advance for prior approval.


Papermaking Area (material preparation, papermaking), 1st floor
The primary purpose of this area is to train and develop washi-making artisans, and is not designed for use by general visitors. However, visiting artists who wish to produce works together with washi-making artisans are allowed to use this area.

Facilities and functions
Cooking: 2 soaking tanks, 1 cooking pot, 1 rinsing tank
The material (KOZO, MITSUMATA or GAMPI bark) is soaked in the tank overnight to soften the fibers. This is removed the following day from the tank and then cooked in an alkali solution for about three hours.

Bleaching: 2 bleaching tanks
The material made soft after the cooking process is then rinsed in a tank to remove the all alkali from the fibers. Hypochloric acid is used to bleach the material in order to produce white paper.

Removal of undesired materials/portions:
This takes place in the area prepared for the removal of undercooked bark, damaged areas, scar tissue, etc.

Beating: 1 beater
After the alkali is removed from the fibers, the bleached material is cleaned of undesired areas to prepare it for beating. The material is then mixed with water and separated in the Naginata beater, a "beating" device with scythe-like blades. These procedures complete the preparations of the materials for papermaking.

Preparations for papermaking: 1 tank (970 x 1880 mm), 4 tanks (640 x 970 mm)
The fiber and water is put in the vat and mixed well. "Neri", a viscous formation aid, is also added to the vat. The fiber mixture is scooped into the "SUKETA" (Japanese papermaking mould). The SUKETA is shaken back and forth and side to side to help the fibers entwine well with each other. This technique is important for making strong paper. This procedure is repeated until the desired thickness is achieved.

Drying: Pressing devices, 1 triangle dryer, drying boards
Sheets of paper produced after the above procedures are couched onto each other on a post. These sheets of damp paper are then gently pressed in the press to remove the excess water. After this, the sheets are then removed one by one from the pile and brushed on the drying boards or the heated triangular dryer.

Papermaking Try-out Area (for general visitors), 1st floor [Area: 339.05 sq.m]
This room has been created to allow general visitors, from elementary school students to adults, to try their hands at making washi. The equipment allows them to make washi, the traditional Japanese handmade paper, in various sizes, ranging from postcards, letter size sheets up to 46 x 62 cm in size. The area also has facilities where visitors may try indigo-dyeing using indigo grown in Tokushima prefecture.

Papermaking: vats, 5 sets (500 x 640 mm), 20 SUKETA (270 x 365 mm) and 50 postcard-size moulds

Drying: 1 suction dryer, 10 drying boards, 1 heating triangular dryer

Dyeing: 2 indigo vats, 2 dyeing vats, 1 washing tank

No.1 Exhibition Room, 2nd floor [Area: 61.25 sq.m]
The No.1 exhibition room, designed as a gallery, is opened to all the visitors.

Spot lights, display hangers, panels, tables, etc.

No.2 Exhibition Room, 2nd floor [Area: 69.06 sq.m]
A permanent display space, the No.2 exhibition room greets the visitors with a display of outstanding washi products.

Spot lights, display hangers, panels, tables, etc.

Multi-Purpose Room, 2nd floor [Area: 64.9 sq.m]
Many cultural activities and events take place at this multi-purpose room, including lectures (accommodating up to 30 people), seminars, and slide and video presentations. The room also contains a library collection containing over 1,000 selected books on washi, written in Japanese and foreign languages.

Slide projector, 8 mm projector, screen, VCR, white board, microphone, chairs, tables, etc.

Design Room, 2nd floor [Area: 21.9 sq.m]
This room can be used in two ways: for activities together with the multi-purpose room or as a place of creative activities for the visiting artists. As a rule, the room is for use only by permission.

Drafting table

Implementation of the Rules
The original rules have been in effect as of April 1989.
The first revision of the rules became effective April 1st, 1992.
The second revision of the rules became effective January 1st, 2000.