Washi Forest

A series of washi paper lanterns and large screen illustrated with flora and fauna local to the forests around Hotel Bleston Court in Karuizawa, Japan. Nagano artisan Hirata Masumi produced the “Uchiyama” style washi entirely by hand. The large screen was created by hand-cutting and layering  colored washi and served as a background for musical performances in the hotel garden. Hundreds of the lanterns lit the garden paths in the evening.