Haibara is a store of WASHI, traditional Japanese paper, established at Nihombashi in 1806. Founder of Haibara, Sasuke served his apprenticeship at a book retailer / publisher in the city of Edo. When his duty was over, Sasuke started his own business as a retailer of papers, ink, and medicines. Among those products, paper made from “gampi” plant (Wikstroemia sikokiana) was the most popular item. Gampi paper was a very fine high quality paper with silk-like glossy surface which was perfect for writing. Haibara’ s gampi paper …
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Since its establishment in 1806, Haibara has been dealing with washi, Japanese traditional handmade papers, and extensive line of paper related products.Because many of Haibara’s products are handmade, the comprehensive craftsmanship of woodblock printing, carving, paper making, and paper decorating is very important.This traditional craftsmanship has been succeeded to today’s Haibara products.
The Haibara store is located in Tokyo Nihombashi Tower, 1 minute walk from Nihombashi station B6 exit. In 2015, the store moved to its present location along Chuo Street. The new building succeeded the traditional imagery of mortar walls, tiled roof, and shop curtain. The exterior brick is made by trained bricklayer using clay from Mikawa, with the motives of traditional patterned paper “Colored Glass”. The interior design is reminiscent of the former Haibara Building constructed during early Showa period. A tapestry hanged at the center of the store is made of Echizen Washi by Osada Hachidayu the IV. The polka-dot patterns at the bottom represent water, inserted fibers represent native plants to become ingredients of Washi, and Haibara’s logo represents sun. All three factors symbolize manufacturing process of Washi, which is regarded as cooperative work between nature and human beings.
- 2-7-1-chome Nihombashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo Tokyo Nihombashi Tower
- Contact information
- Business day
- Nihombashi Station (Ginza line,Tozai line,Toei Asakusa line)
1 minute walk away from B6 Exit.
- Do you do wholesale?
- Currently, our wholesale is limited to domestic transaction.
- How can I order your products from outside of Japan?
- We are sorry, currently we do not ship our products to overseas.
Some of our products are available on the international website UGUiSU ONLINE STORE.
- How can I make access to your actual store?
- Please refer to our website below
If you have any further questions, please contact us at address below.