Harvest Time

Updated: Dec 26, 2020

Traditional handmade papermaking process in Ogawa begins with the harvesting of kozo plants (paper mulberry). Handmade Washi is made with the raw material from this plant.

Kozo trees in summer time.

And now waiting to be harvested.

From November to January, kozo is harvested after its leaves fall, then cut to a length of about 70-100 cm to fit into a cauldron.

Kozo (paper mulberry) is native to Japan and is primarily used for making washi. Ascribed a masculine quality due to its longer finber and strength, kozo is grown annually as a crop so no forests are depleted. 


Prepare Ahead of Time   (Sep. 29th, 2020)

We would like to encourage you to prepare ahead and give ample time for the shipment. There are fewer freights due to the Covid-19 worldwide. We use the Japan Post as it is reliable and with the reasonable costs. For more details on shipping costs and the latest information on avaialble services for specific countries, go here

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Office Harvest for Export & trancelation for Ogawa Washi / English Learning for Japanese children