Jul 4, 2022

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.

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