At the end of the 19th century, paper was elaborately produced and called "Washi" (= Japan paper) in order to emphasize its own character in comparison to Western papers.
Although most of the large-format papers for covering sliding doors are no longer made by hand these days, they still give the Japanese rooms a very special magic thanks to their own look, texture and translucency.
»The paper appears soft, warm, gentle and friendly. Even pure white does not reflect the light directly, but seems to absorb it and give it back indirectly, very quietly. «
based on: Tanizaki Jun'ichiro (1886-1965) »Praise of the Shadow«