Najio pure ganpi "Torinoko"

“King of all paper” pure ganpi from a one-of-a-kind noble tradition. By Tanino Masanobu

The Tanitoku Seishisho mill


Out of stock

100%  ganpi

61 x 42cm approx.

Approx. 60 gsm, medium thickness  (please be aware the Japanese paper is generally lighter-weight per thickness)

Antique white, sheen, luminous

Limited special stock with characters

Great vein marks on the surface from drying boards

Prod. November 2020

Please contact us with the product name for further information

PLEASE NOTE : Due to being handmade, there always are characters;  minor dents and inconsistencies in surface, uneven thickness, variations in vein marks are some of them.  Craftsmen, process, materials and the climate on the days of production all contribute to the finish. All price reflects these variations and characters.

This is smaller and slightly more lightweight than the other Torinoko paper.

Limited special stock fresh from the mill. These sheets fully embrace handmade aesthetics. Each sheet carries characters of warping, dents and/or uneven thickness, resulting in their special presence. These are some of the most beautiful paper specimen we have ever seen.

These smaller sheets, like the larger counterpart, are discreet artworks on their own.  The high quality paper uses locally-harvested wild ganpi - Najio is one of very few privileged producers who can hand-harvest the material. The previous generation Tanino Takenobu (1935~), the father of the current Masanobu, has been a designated national treasure for his skill and the unique ganpi paper production, making the mill one of the most prestigious.

Tightly structured and firm.  Classy natural tone. Excellent details on edges.

Ideal for fine art displays for drawings or calligraphy.

Dream sheets for serious calligraphers. No exhibition too important or too big for this.

Highly collectable.

Najio and Echizen together represent the finest of Torinoko handmade paper - one of the best paper spoecifications.

Interesting comparison can be made with Izumo pure ganpi paper. Differences in material treatment result in two distinct papers. This is thicker than the Izumo paper.

Waving upon writing by aqueous ink can be brought to smooth surface by backing another sheet of paper. Please feel free to drop us a line if you're unsure of the technique.  However these sheets are probably best served by embracing such waving and warping.


Najio washi developed in northern Nishinomiya city in the central south west of the country, on the slope of Mount Rokko.  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 paper is one-of-a-kind, true connoisseur paper.

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