Witness Japanese paper dying, a traditional craft that is designated a cultural heritage of Bunkyo Ward, here at Origami Kaikan.
Origami Kaikan is under the management of Yushima no Kobayashi Inc., a long-established specialty shop for dyed papers and Edo chiyogami (Japanese paper with colored figures) established in 1858. Yushima no Kobayashi Inc. is also said to be the first store to make origami into a product. Japanese paper dying, a traditional craft, has been designated a cultural heritage of Bunkyo Ward of Tokyo and Origami Kaikan is a tourist attraction. Entrance is free. On the fourth floor, there is a studio for hand-dyed washi (Japanese style hand-made paper), and each sheet of paper is dyed by a craftsman one by one. There is also a gallery exhibiting works made with origami and a gift shop selling washi, origami, postcards, and folk art. The facility houses a gallery of the artworks and a gift shop selling washi, origami, and folk art. Origami-folding classes are held as well. A 7-minute walk from Ochanomizu Station on various lines, Shin-Ochanomizu Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line and Suehiro-cho Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line.