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UNESCO officially introduced a method of manufacturing Japanese paper "Vasi" in its list of legacies

Japanese residents and craftsmen celebrate the official decision of UNESCO to inscribe the traditional methods of making Japanese paper "washi" in the list of intangible cultural heritage. This list protects regional customs and traditions around the world.

There are three paper making methods in Japan: Sekishu-Banshi in Shimane Prefecture, Hon-minoshi in Gifu Prefecture, and Hosokawa-shi in Saitama Prefecture. All these methods use mulberry fiber. Japan's Commissioner for Culture, Masanori Aoyagi, expressed the hope that the decision will increase exchanges between people who are engaged in protecting the paper "washi". He also said that the government will continue to provide full support to the communities and make efforts to preserve the Washi skills.

Twenty-two sites from Japan have already been registered as UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage. They include the But But Kabuki theaters, "Vaseku" or traditional Japanese cuisine and much more.

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