Hitoe is a paper scroll for specialized letters to help you express your feelings to that special someone. Known as kansu-bon in Japanese, these traditional scrolls are made with long cuts of Japanese washi paper; they are said to be the precursors to bound books. During the Heian Period (794–1185), kansu-bon were used not only for writing letters but also for writing stories, scripture, and sometimes for creating picture scrolls. They have been enjoyed by a wide variety of people for generations.
Hitoe are 15-centimeter-tall, 150-centimeter-long cuts of washi paper wrapped around Japanese cypress cores and enveloped with beautiful decorative paper known as chiyo-gami. We invite you to express yourself using this old-yet-new style of specialized scroll.