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In 1982, owner Nancy Jacobi opened The Japanese Paper Place retail store in Toronto to encourage artists and creative people everywhere to learn about the unique qualities of traditional Japanese papers. Now, over thirty years later, The JPP warehouse supplies several thousand different kinds of Japanese paper to retailers, manufacturers and artists around the world.

Types of business

We welcome artists and conservators to our warehouse Resource Centre to peruse and buy our finest papers.

We wholesale large portions of our inventory around the world. All papers are available in full sheet sizes, and our full-time cutter can also customize sheet sizes to meet your needs.

Products

Our 10,000 square foot warehouse holds our stock of over 2,000 different papers from Japan. From inexpensive machine-made papers, to exquisite one-of-a-kind handmade sheets, we carry in stock a staggering variety that includes:

Letter-weight papers
Tissues

Shoji and decorative rolls

"Mosaics" packages
Cardstocks
Chiyogami (Yuzen)
Origami papers
Conservation repair tissues

We also carry a number of related materials, from address books, boxes and journals to pastes to kits.

Who we serve

From museums to retail stores to corporate clients, we are pleased to work with all manner of customers across the globe, including:

  • Printmakers
  • Bookbinders
  • Painters
  • Collage Artists
  • Archivists/Conservationists
  • Interior designers
  • Retail Stores
  • Manufacturers
  • Publishers
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Advertisers
  • Graphic Designers

Other activities

In our mission to support local creativity through quality Japanese papers and related materials, we also engage in a number of initiatives.

  • We offer workshops, host exhibitions and an Artist Resource Centre at our warehouse in Toronto.
  • We refer retail customers to our reseller partners to support their local businesses.
  • We have sponsored papermaker visits from Japan to Canada, and organized papermaking tours to Japan.
  • We organize events in honour of Japanese paper and those who make and use it, such as the World Washi Summit in 2008. Learn more about this and our annual followup events at washisummit.com.
  • We sponsor local artist awards, including:
    • Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition Honourable Mention Fibre Award
    • Ontario College of Art & Design Japanese Paper Place Award
    • Ontario Association of Art Galleries
    • Ontario Society of Artists Award
    • Sheridan College - Fine Arts Det.
  • We support a number of local charities, particularly those with a creative focus. In the last year, these included:
    • Art Gallery of Ontario
    • CBBAG
    • Ontario College of Art and Design
    • Ontario Crafts Council
    • Open Studio
    • Grimsby Public Art Gallery
    • Hamilton Printmakers
    • Inner City Angels
    • Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
    • Momiji Health Care Society
    • Ontario Society of Artists
    • Parkinson Society Canada
    • SKETCH: working arts for street youth
    • St. Christopher House
    • Guild of Bookworkers
    • United Way