Gifu’s traditional crafting industries of Mino Washi papermaking and Mino Ware ceramics have both been chosen to be used in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games by the Japanese Olympic Committee.
Both traditions have been continued for over a millennium and are still flourishing to this very day!
Hand-made Mino Washi Paper will be used for the official award certificates given to the top eight athletes of each event while Mino-Ware plates featuring Mt. Fuji will be given to each Olympic sports team as a commemorative gift (along with a Hasami Ware plate featuring a different design).
About Mino Washi
Papermaking has a history of over 1,300 years in the city of Mino and has encouraged the development of various crafting industries in the surrounding area (such as traditional Japanese lantern-, umbrella-, and fan-making).
Hon-Minoshi, the highest quality of Mino Washi paper, was even registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2014.
About Mino Ware
Mino Ware is a 1,300-year-old ceramics tradition that originated in southeast Gifu Prefecture (currently the cities of Tajimi, Toki, and Mizunami), the tradition is alive and breathing even to this day as Mino Ware accounts for over 50% of ceramic ware produced in Japan.