Playing Mas With Washi

Prancing Japanese with a Trinidad and Tobago twist

Washi Carnival – Japan

Look closely at the image above. This is a proud moment for Trinidad and Tobago. Don’t mind the blur of the picture, what is important is that the camera has captured Japanese children wearing carnival costumes made from handmade paper (washi) masquerading with a Japanese steel pan player at the Mino Paper Museum, 2005. The Trinidadian artist Marlon Griffith designed these objects at the Mino Paper Village Artist Residency promoting a festival and musical instrument that identifies with the small Caribbean nation.


Washi Carnival sculptures….new to them, not to us, Mino Paper Museum


Headpiece mask made out of Washi – Marlon Griffith

Artist in Residency is Japan’s key to promote their culture through the vision of practicing Artists. The Mino Paper Village project since 1998 have invited artist to the city of Mino, a rural town in Japan’s Gifu prefecture historically known for its handmade paper, Washi


Washi Lantern – Marlon Griffith

One of Mino’s annual festivals is the Washi Paper Lantern competition. Over 700 entries throughout Japan participate. The exhibition range from the playful to professional designers and draws a crowd of 20 thousand people through to a cross road of two narrow streets.


Thebookmann’s Washi Lantern, 2002

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