Washi (Traditional Japanese paper)
Is special paper to prevent counterfeiting and is used for producing banknotes. In Japan, Washi is one of the papers used to print Yen banknotes. It is used in the manufacture of Japanese banknotes for its outstanding durability to counter the wear and tear of everyday circulation, from insertion into cash machines, from being folded and sometimes, soaked in the water. Production of Washi involves a long and intricate process that is most often performed in the cold weather of winter because pure, cold running water is essential. Washi as practiced in three communities in Japan was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Washoku (Traditional Japanese colours)
Washoku refers to a set of traditional Japanese colours used in Japanese literature, the traditional arts and crafts of Japan, and nowadays most commonly when speaking Kimono. The Japanese were inspired by the many different colours from the natural world around them. These colours are based on the colour sense that is unique to Japanese culture and references in historical materials. Some 465 traditional colours are recognized and used today, another 1,300 such colours including numerous nameless hues, are said to exist. This is one of the reasons why Komori is leading its multicolour press technologies in the world.