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


18 in stock

100%  ganpi

101 x 47cm approx.

Approx. 80 gsm, medium thickness  (please be aware the Japanese paper is generally lighter-weight per thickness)

Antique white, sheen, luminous

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.

One of the most extravagant and gorgeous paper around.

The rare paper really is a discreet artwork on its own. The mill is most likely the only one in Japan who does this particular paper. The quality is backed further 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 the unique ganpi paper production.

Tightly structured and thus firm, with the most classy natural tone. Due to the ancient method of static sieving they are famous for, the edges have unique details that show the translucency and the fine-grain of ganpi - simply gorgeous.

This is great for something of permanent displays, will make a great impression.

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

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

Najio and Echizen together represent the finest of Torinoko handmade paper - one of the finest paper in the world.

Interesting comparison with Izumo pure ganpi paper. Different treatment of the raw materials produce two distinct papers. This is thicker / firmer than the Izumo 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 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 papers are truly one-of-a-kind – true connoisseur papers.

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