The village of Higashi Chichibu at Ogawamachi, Saitama stretches along the banks of the Ogawa River, the clear water from which 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 no Sato is a paper making workshop and cultural heritage centre in Higashi Chichibu where this unique paper is made, visitors can even participate in making paper. Large screens are suspended from bamboo poles resting across the rafters. Sheets of freshly moulded paper are stacked wet one on top of the other to be dried. Flower petals, ash from different kinds of wood, and different types of grasses are added to the basic pulp to create different colors and textures.