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TRAVEL WATCH: DECEMBER 13, 1999 VOL. 154 NO. 23

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Legend has it that 1,500 years ago a beautiful princess appeared in Imadate

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Legend has it that 1,500 years ago a beautiful princess appeared in Imadate, Japan and taught the villagers how to make paper from mulberry plants. Today travelers to Imadate, about two hours by train north of Osaka in Fukui prefecture, can learn the craft for themselves. The birthplace of Japanese papermaking--and paper money--is home to a thriving craft community that celebrates the town's artistic past. In the museum, visitors can use screens to scoop pulp from a vat and then leave it to drain. Before it is quick-dried, colors and dried flowers can be added to give the mix some style. It costs about $5 to make your very own piece of paper.

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