[Movie] Bark at the sun

The Yomiuri Shimbun In Nanto, Toyama Prefecture, traditional Japanese washi paper producers have been drying the inner bark of kozo trees in a snowy field. Kozo trees are a mulberry species, and their fibers are used for the locally made yukyushi paper. This process, called yukizarashi, whitens the inner barks, which are left out in the sun for about 10 days. On partially clear Feb. 15, Tomonobu Miyamoto, who heads the local association of paper and washi products makers, spread kozo bark over the snow, which was almost two meters deep. “Thanks to the sunny spells, I can get a lot of work done today,” Miyamoto said. The yukizarashi work will continue through mid-March. [Released on Feb. 16, 2017]

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