For those who love their washi paper crafts you will know that the best time for making washi in Japan is right now, in the depths of winter, because that is when the best quality washi can be made using bone cold water.

Here is a recent article in the Japan Times that explores the people and styles of washi making in Japan.

It includes quotes from our favourite washi maker, Rogier Uitenboogaart.

We take all our washi Shumi Stay groups to learn the art of washi with Rogier who is a great teacher and who, with his wife and son, have a lovely pension in a beautiful mountain village in Kochi Prefecture.