A group of young entrepreneurs from Tokyo, Sendai and Shichigahama have come together to start a new business, making bags and other goods using traditional Japanese paper "washi". Washi is also referred as a vegan leather in the western world, and some European designers are paying a great deal of attention to the material.
This group recognizes that the business needs to start by establishing connections and deeply rooting itself in the community. With their innovative business model, Tesuki Washi Ushiogami has the potential to become a large work force, elevating the economic status of the city.
MakiBiz RFP Program
This project is one of the businesses that were selected for the MakiBiz Request for Proposal (RFP) program, which supports the rebuilding of small businesses and entrepreneurs who were affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake that devastated the Tohoku region in 2011.