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Washi goes from bombs to clothes

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 05:50
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Senior craftsman Teizo Takano working at his papermaking studio in Ogawa (above);
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Former craftsman Kaihei Kasahara (above) used to make paper balloon bombs during World War II.

Ogawa, Japan

FOR 1,300 years, Japanese paper from the tiny town of Ogawa has fulfilled myriad needs - from the material for Buddhist scriptures to balloon bombs sent to attack the United States.

Now, as Japan prepares to mark the 70th anniversary of its defeat in World War II this