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Kaengata Doki Jomon Pottery and the Snow Country Culture of the Shinano River Basin

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Oguni’s Hand-Crafted Washi Paper

Paper-making originated as farmers’ side jobs in the snowy winter months. Oguni’s paper-making involves a special process that utilizes the bleaching action of snow, which is known as “kangure.” In 1974, this process of paper-making was designated as an intangible cultural property in Niigata Prefecture. https://www.oguniwashi.com/