Japanese Artisan Creates Wagasa Umbrellas


Business Insider producer Lauren Shamo visited with craftsman Kotaro Nishiborito learn about how traditional Japanese paper umbrellas (Wagasa) are individually made. Nishibori takes the viewer through the beautiful process of crafting a red umbrella with traditional tools and materials.

Making wagasa, a traditional Japanese umbrella, is how Kotaro Nishibori reconnected to his Japanese heritage after his two years in Canada. Nishibori stays true to the 1,200-year-old process by using traditional methods and materials, including bamboo and washi.

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