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February 28, 2019 : Paper making with Japanese students

As a part of Japanese class, students took field trips with Japanese students. Field trips included Paper making, Hourinji temple, Kanji and bowling.

Below is a report by Mars Peredo (KCJS30 Spring, Macalester College).

For our fantastic field trip, some of my classmates, some Japanese students, and I went to Washi Club to, as the name suggests, make washi paper. Not just decorate it, but make it ourselves. It was not only fun, but surprisingly simple and fast. First, you take a rectangular screen, dip and mix it around in a cloudy, fiber-filled liquid (the paper mixture), swish the liquid in the screen evenly, and then solidify it. To do this, you run the screen twice over a blowdryer-like tool. Afterward you decorate it by painting whatever design you like. Finally you run it through the blowdryer twice again, and then hang it up to completely dry on a heated wall. Within maybe an hour and a half, everyone on the trip had made and decorated two papers of various sizes (even me, and I took my time with the painting). It was fun and carefree, seeing everyone’s designs: flowers, landscapes, calligraphy… I tried to draw a shrine, but it was hard to make any fine details with the large brushes, and the dryer faded the colors more than I expected. But I was happy with how it turned out, especially because I got to enjoy doing something creative. The Washi Club had such a variety of colorful and cool paper-related products on display that I wanted to buy something, but ran out of time. If I ever happen to be in that area again, I would definitely go back! A recommended, when-would-you-ever-get-to-do-this-spiffy-kind-of-thing experience.

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