The Japanese language is rich in words and expressions influenced by nature, history and culture. This episode looks at words and phrases related to washi, or traditional Japanese paper. Refined and durable, washi continues to be used as a daily item in Japan and has many applications. From his home in Kyoto Prefecture, poet and literary translator Peter MacMillan guides us through these words and the culture behind them.
"Mizuhiki": decorative cord made from washi
"Origami": the art of folding paper
"Kabe ni mimiari shoji ni meari": walls have ears, and shoji screens have eyes