The village of Higashi Chichibu at Ogawamachi, near the Ogawa River. Traditional washi paper making has been created in this region for hundreds of years. The production of washi paper in Hosokawa-shi in Higashi Chichibu and Ogawamachi was listed by UNESCO as Human Intangible Cultural Heritage. Washi is Japanese traditional paper made from fiber of plants. The nature of the fiber enables the absorption of natural dye and ink. During processing fibers position themselves at random, to produce unique textures and grains. Traditionally made Japanese paper is are acid free with some printed papers remain in good condition in Japan from a thousand years ago. Washi is traditionally used in screens, lamps and blinds making use of its translucency.