A Hariko, which is made by putting together multiple layers of Japanese washi paper, was said to have been introduced from China in the Muromachi period. (1333-1568) Especially during the Edo period (1600?1868), the making of papier-m?ch? dolls and toys prospered in the castle towns throughout Japan where an abundance of extra washi could be found. It is said that in Himeji this handicraft originated with TOYOOKA Tadashichi. Today, the fourth generation of craftspeople still retain this traditional art.
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