i went to ozu washi today looking for something quite specific. it ended up being a bit hard to communicate and as i was leaving i was feeling kind of frustrated and sick of being the foreigner. but then the guy who had been running a short paper-making workshop in the foyer (they have a tiny, neat wet-floor) asked me if i'd like to try making paper. i got to form the sheet while the guy counted the number of sloshes backwards and forwards i did and kept me at the right pace. we dried it with this cool vacum thingy i haven't ever seen before and by smoothing it onto a hot metal plate. when we were done he gave me an envelope with an explanation of the process, my own sheet and a bunch of others. i was one lucky gaijin today. above is one of the store's sample books and below the paper i made today; a half-half mix of mitsumata and kozo.