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Haibara Co., Ltd.

株式会社 榛原

Haibara started its business in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo as a retailer of papers, ink, and medicines in 1806. Among all the range of products, paper made from “Gampi” plant was the most popular paper for handwriting. In addition to the Gampi paper, prominent artists also applied patterns on the circular fan and the folding fan of Haibara using wood block printing. During the Meiji period, Japanese paper works of Haibara were displayed at the World Expo and were highly valued in overseas countries. Subsequently, as new technology and industries developed overseas, Japanese companies began to import advance measuring equipment and recording instruments and Haibara was the first company to develop and produce Japan’s first recording paper chart for use with them. Currently, the company is run by Mr.Tatsuo Nakamura. He is responsible for the revival of the original patterns of Haibara and he has continued to make efforts to go back to the basics of the company. In the shop, they tie “Mizuhiki” and put “Noshi” by hand in order to hand down Japanese traditional proprieties and manners. Haibara is always proposing “Living with Japanese Paper” to their customers.

榛原は1806年、東京・日本橋で小間紙屋として創業。良質な雁皮植物を原料とした「雁皮紙」が書写紙として人気を博した。また、著名な画家たちが、木版摺りで榛原の団扇や扇子などに多様な絵柄を施していたこともあり、明治期には、榛原の和紙作品は万国博覧会へも出品され、海外でも高い評価を受けた。その後、産業の発展とともに新たな計測器が海外から輸入されるようになると、榛原は、日本で初めて計測記録紙の製造に成功した。現在は7代目となる中村達男さんが主な経営業務を担っており、榛原のオリジナル柄の復刻を行うなど、和紙の原点に立ち戻った取り組みを続けている。店舗では、日本の礼節や作法を伝えるために、水引を手で結び熨斗をつけるという心配り。榛原は、「和紙のある暮らし」をお客様に提案し続けている。

Flagship Products

Jabara letter set

蛇腹便箋

Paper products

千代紙小箱

Letter set

色ふちレターセット

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