Echizen city, where has over 1,500 year history of handcrafted washi paper, is located in Ishikawa prefecture of Japan. Washi is made using fibers from the inner bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub (Edgeworthia chrysantha), or the paper mulberry (kōzo) bush.
Washi is generally tougher than ordinary modern paper made from wood pulp and real washi paper can be even washed like a cotton cloth.
There are many washi paper craftsmen in that area and each of them have their own special skills to create different types of washi papers.
Mr. Osada of Osada Seishi-sho has historically been making decorative Fusuma washi (Fusuma is a sliding door used to divide rooms in a traditional Japanese houses) and he has uniquely developed various types of artistic paper crafting techniques so his works are distinctively artistic compared to other paper craftsmen.
These Eico bags are made of handcrafted washi paper (Eico derives from Mr. Osada’s mom’s name). They are light weight, water proof and durable like a bag made of cotton.
They come in three different sizes and the designs are all different. The prices are from 3,600 yen+ tax to 4,980yen+tax.
He also makes other products like the traditional paper fun
Traditional style notebooks
and other items have been continuously been added from time to time.
Tax Free Shopping
When the total of your purchase exceeds over 5,000yen, you can enjoy tax free shopping with us. We need your passport to do that, so please do not forget to bring it with you, when you visit our store in Tokyo.
How to purchase them?
You can either visit our store in Tokyo or you can send us emails and we can send them overseas by EMS or send them to those designated hotels or places within Japan where you specify after confirming your payment.
Please choose the items you want to purchase and we will calculate the cost of EMS (we normally provide cheaper option if it is available) and we will request the payment with Paypal to you by email. We will send it to you right after we confirm your payment.
The paper products are very light weight, so the cost will be very reasonable. The designs will be different from time to time, so we can send you the photos of the items we currently hold at our store upon your request and you can choose from there.
For domestic delivery within Japan, the shipping cost is only 648yen and it is free when the total goes over 10,800yen.
Contact address is info(at)mabysoshite.com (please change the (at) to @).
How to visit us in Tokyo?
The shop is only 1min walk from Gaienmae station （外苑前駅）Exit 1b on Ginza line Tokyo Metro. When you walk up the stairs of the exit 1b, you just need to walk straight for about 100m and our store is on the right side of the street on the ground floor.
Gaienmae station is only 2 stops away from Shibuya on Tokyo Metro Ginza line.
If you are a visitor, please bring your passport, so you can enjoy tax free shopping!
You can also find a map on our HP!
MA by So Shi Te
2-22-15 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku,
Tokyo Japan 107–0062
Opening hours: 11:00 – 19:30 (Sat, Sun, NH until 19:00)
*Please check our homepage for holiday information.