For eight years, he worked in his family's business as a subcontractor manufacturing Washi products for shrines and temples (mainly bookbinding, coverings, and reproductions of old documents and paintings).In 2013, I became independent to embody life with washi in my own way. I have been involved in washi work for more than 15 years now.
Pursuit and development of things that can be done with washi, and things that can be done only with washi.
The challenge is to create, produce, and sell original washi paper accessories and artworks in the broadest sense of the word.
To convey the tradition, culture and value of Japan and handmade washi.
Everyone involved, from the papermaking craftsmen to the customers, should be excited.
Sustain and improve all of them.
〝An exciting form of Japanese paper that is close to people 〟
It was around 2008, I believe, when I was working in the family business. While I was doing my daily work, I really wanted to do something more proactive rather than being a subcontractor. Then one day, I was on the phone with a business partner whom I adored, and he said to me, "You have Washi, don't you? I hung up the phone with him, but for some reason the keyword "Washi" stuck in my mind.
After that, I kept thinking about Washi.
However, the more I think about it, the more I realize that I actually don't know anything about Washi at all.
One day, as I continued to think about it, it suddenly occurred to me.
"I want to create a new form of washi that people are excited about and that no one has ever seen before .
From there, the development of a new form of washi began. After much deliberation, we decided to create an accessory that is neither a handicraft nor a souvenir, taking advantage of the characteristics of washi, such as lightness, good texture, and good processability.
But it's not that easy...
After repeated trial and error, I finally completed my original three-dimensional molding technique "Patent Pending (Patent Application 2022-092726)" in around 2010.(The picture below is the first washi necklace I made, which I still keep in a safe place.)
From then on, I repeatedly went to art events and handmade markets all over the country to explore the possibilities, and in 2013, I rented a small 11㎡ atelier and established ARATA, the predecessor of HIROYA.Thanks to your support, we moved to a 47.5㎡ atelier in 2015, and in 2019, we changed our name to HIROYA to clarify and communicate clearly who we are and what we do.