The history of Sanwaseishi began in 1894 when, five generations ago, my ancestor Chobei Ariizumi was granted a business license from the Ichikawadaimon Village Office. Though Chobei had arguably been working as a papermaker long before this, this is the earliest date we can be sure of.
Since then, our family has carried on the art of papermaking with the fervent desire of providing Japanese washipaper that can be used in everyone's daily lives.
I first encountered kansu-bon scrolls a few years ago. I thought to myself, 'these are hardly ever used anymore; but if I could write in one—make my very own kansu-bon to hold on to—then years or even decades later when I opened it up, I would experience again the emotions I felt when I first wrote in it.'
This scroll is yours to create, whether you make a journal of your child's development full of pictures, drawings, and words of celebration; or a heartfelt letter of gratitude to your parents on the day of your wedding; or even a collection of writings at important turning points in your life.
Hitoe is here to help everyone find their own personal way to give physical form to the expressions of gratitude and celebration, and to forever engrave important memories in their hearts.
There is a delight in saying thank you and congratulations, just as there is a deep-seated joy in having those words said to you.
And I firmly believe that these words are the very essence of happiness.
It is my hope that our washi paper helps the people of the world lead happy, enriching lives.
Sanwaseishi Co., Ltd.
President & CEO, Katsuya Ariizumi