Najio ganpi "Doro-Maniai"

Clay mix ganpi from a one-of-a-kind noble tradition. By Tanino Masanobu

The Tanitoku Seishisho mill


ganpi with local clay

101 x 47cm approx.

Approx. 110 gsm, medium thickness

There are two colours that vary.

SHIRO  – matte, muted alabaster white, earthy hue

AO  – matte, greenish smoke gray, slight earthy hue


Prod. November 2020

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Such rare papers by the most unique paper tradition in Japan.

It is simultaneously a sheet of fine clay that gives this extraordinary humid texture - very rich.

Great for metal-point drawings, or any artworks. Gorgeous muted matte finish. Dark as a piece of paper, but will render lines beautifully.  Very authentic feel.

Originally an under-layer for indoor partitions (fusuma) for its relative light-fast quality as well as being the go-to support paper for gold and silver leafing.

Widely used for the conservation of the most prestigious treasures in Japan due to the paper's permanence;  ganpi with clay is the surest combination for longevity.  It is entirely pest-free.

The quality is backed by the mill's heritage skills as well as by the locally-harvested wild ganpi. The previous generation Tanino Takenobu (1935~), the father of the current Masanobu, has been a designated national treasure for his skill and this unique paper production.

This will also be framed beautifully on its own. Highly collectable paper.

Waving upon writing can be brought to smooth surface by backing with another sheet of paper  - called Urauchi. Please drop us a line if you're unsure.


Najio washi developed in northern Nishinomiya city near Osaka, on the slope of Mount Rokko – the host to one of the most balanced spring water in the country.  Their distinct strain of paper-making is maintained today by two historic mills.

Papers here have catered almost exclusively for the accomplished craftsmen of the goldleaf production and the high-end indoor partitions. Otherwise the paper was strongly favoured by the most prestigious artists including Kano Eitoku (1543-90), Hasegawa Tohaku (1539–1610), Ogata Korin (1658-1716) and Yosa Buson(1716–1784) – names in Japan equivalent to what Renaissance masters are for Europeans.  The paper here has maintained the position of the highest status through their distinct and solitary approach to papermaking, most notably for the exclusive use of local ganpi, ancient static sieving, and the use of local clay, all of which render the production extremely inefficient to say the least – however this is why their paper has survived through time – by achieving the quality and the individuality. Najio papers are one-of-a-kind – true connoisseur papers.

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