Guide to Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi (Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems) by Photos and Movies

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Noto Nigyo Traditional Paper
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Nigyo, Mitsui-machi, Wajima City
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This is the only handmade paper produced on the Noto Peninsula, and it was named after the production area. There are various types, such paper used for calligraphy and drawing, paper made from Japanese cedar bark, and paper containing wild flowers. The rustic texture is reminiscent of the Noto culture, and the paper is popular overseas as a handicraft and as wrapping paper. Noto Town (former Yanagida Village) lacquerware artists paste this paper onto boxes for Goroku cups. The paper is also exhibited in the mini-gallery of the sightseeing train “Noto Satoyama-Satoumi” of Noto Railway. Production was started by Shusaku Tômi in 1949, and now, Kyomi Tômi and her son Kazuyuki are producing the paper. Kyomi Tômi has been recognized as a traditional craft worker by Ishikawa Prefecture. Kazuyuki Tomi is exploring new possibilities for the traditional paper, such as using it for making lampshades.
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