Echizen-shi in Fukui Prefecture has been the home of Echizen-washi (Japanese paper) for centuries. Approximately 80 factories engaged in papermaking are concentrated in one small valley. Each factory produces washi throughout the year, mainly as a family business. The washi of this region is distinguished by its rich variety, and includes traditional thick paper for ceremonial use, and torinoko paper (a strong smooth paper). Washi is also made in various sizes for business cards and postcards and for drawing and writing paper. Echizen-washi was designated a traditional craft in 1976.
- Shinzaike-cho, Echizen-shi, Fukui
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