A beautiful short film on the making of Japanese washi paper by filmmaker Takashi Kuroyanagi. The village of Kurotani in Kyoto prefecture is recognized as the home of traditional handmade paper (washi) that dates back 800 years. The paper is made from the inner barks of three plants—kozo, mitsumata and gampi—which are all native to Japan. Paper mulberry (kozo) is the most widely used fibre and the strongest. To produce the paper, branches of the kozo are trimmed, soaked, and the pliant inner bark laboriously separated, cleaned, pounded and stretched. The fibre is added to a liquid solution combined with a fermented hibiscus root (tororo-aoi) which produces a paste-like substance. The paste is tossed on a bamboo mesh screen until it spreads evenly to form a sheet of paper. The wet sheets are stacked together and pressed to remove the excess liquid. Each sheet is then separately dried outdoors on a wooden board or indoors using a heated dryer.