Here are few pictures to illustrate the process of paper making described in the section 'Paper making'. These photos were taken by Mika YOSHIDA .

This is the starting material: Dried kozo and mitsumata

The dried kozo is soaked in water and later washed

Remove the black spots (leftover skin)

Cook in alkali solution (soda ash) for 2 hours and leave to rest until the next day

Detail of cooked kozo

The cooked kozo has been beaten and put in a blender to produce the pulp

After mixing the pulp wery well in plenty water, add neri and stir well the mixture

Sheet formation using Nagashisuki method

Detail of screen: third scoop, waving

Detail of sheet of paper about to be removed from the screen

Drying the individual sheets of paper on a glass panel

Curled dry sheets of paper