Hiroya Nakamura / Born in 1981 in Uji City, Kyoto, Japan

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

Unbleached Washi Balls.



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.)The first washi necklace I ever made.

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.