How a Japanese Artisan Creates Traditional Wagasa Umbrellas
Kotaro Nishibori makes traditional Japanese paper umbrellas, known as wagasa, by hand and producer Lauren Shamo takes viewers inside the process. He’s carrying on a 1,200-year-old tradition and he uses traditional methods and materials.
It was during his two-year stay in Canada that Nishibori decided he wanted to know more about his country of origin and he returned to Japan and met his wife, whose family owned a wagasa company called Hyoshiya. This got Nishibori interested in the art of making wagasa.