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Miraculous Washi Towel Shabu-shabu Experience
Shizuoka Rofu's Washi (Japanese paper) Towel Shabu-shabu Experience workshop is in Murakushi-cho, Nishi-ku, Hamamatsu. Located at the tip of the Shonai Peninsula which juts out into central Lake Hamana, the town of Murakushi-cho retains the tranquil scenery of its lake-surrounded setting. After that, the Washi Towel Shabu-shabu Experience offered at this workshop allows you to experience the instantaneous transformation of a crisp, freshly woven Washi Towel into a soft and fluffy towel by soaking (shabu-shabu) it in hot water. After that you get to dye it, creating your own unique Washi Towel to take home with you.
What is a Washi Towel?
A Washi Towel is a body-wash towel woven using the patented "Enshu karami-chijireori" method which was independently developed by Shizuoka Rofu based on "Enshu karami-ori," a special weaving technique that is used to make fishing nets that have long been in widespread use at Lake Hamana. The towels are composed entirely of Japanese-produced materials, including washi (Japanese paper) that can withstand exposure to water, Tencel made from wood pulp, and three kinds of heat-shrinkable thread. Because they are highly durable in water they can be used for over a year despite being made of washi. Although the towels work fine for lathering, the oil-absorbing properties of washi mean that they can be used without soap as well, and they are safe for people with delicate skin.
Washi Towel shabu-shabu process
1. Check the raw cloth
It is resilient and crisp.
2. Dip in hot water and stir
When you dip it in the hot water, only the heat-shrinkable threads shrink, while the washi and Tencel slacken and become a soft and fluffy pile.
3. Dip in cold water
Dip the towel in cold water and let it stabilize. After developing the pile once, the towel will maintain its shape.
4. Add a design
Depending on where you put the rubber bands, you can make a variety of unique patterns for the towel.
Change the coloring by adding one or two colors.
After you remove the rubber bands, your unique pattern will appear. When you dip it in the oxidizing liquid, the towel will instantly develop vivid colors, and your original Washi Towel is finished.
★Washi Towel Shabu-Shabu Experience
《 Hours of admission 》9am ~ 5pm
《 Required time 》30 - 60 min.
《 Fee 》500 yen, gift included. ※Tour by itself is free.
《 Reservation 》Reception hours 8am ~ 8pm
Shizuoka Rofu Ltd. 053-489-2331 (Japanese Only)
※Generally opened every day year-round, but may be closed on occasion.
Experience is conducted in Japanese only.
We recommend that people who would like a more in-depth understanding of Washi Towels come with an interpreter.
Washi Towels are available for purchase in the Washi Towel Shabu-shabu Experience workshop, at inside Hamamatsu Station, service areas, hotels near Lake Hamana, and over the .
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