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The Way of Washi Tales tells the story of a collaboration across cultures, including how washi and the rich history of the craft informed the performances of the theater artists, while their ongoing work together as a company resulted in deep personal bonds and experiences. Through backstage scenes and over two hundred photographs, the book explores the fascinating process of long-term cultural exchange, including the complex challenges of bilingual performance and the rewards of building a “washi family.” In personal essays, Ibe and Thoron reflect on how profoundly a simple natural material – washi – has shaped Japanese culture and influenced the trajectory of their lives.

Book is also available through The Legacy Press website.