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Culture Quest with Ian Grant
A National Public Television series that looks at life through the lens of the world's artists, artisans and keepers of culture.
November 2021

Kyoko Ibe's process is featured in this episode - Click here to watch on the Culture Quest YouTube channel.

Papermaker's Tears  

Papermaker's Tears
Essays on the Art and Craft of Paper
Volume 1, 2019

The new series, Papermaker's Tears:  Essays on the Art and Craft of Paper encompasses all of the papermaking and paper arts, including decorated papers – historical and current.

Click here for more information or to purchase the book.


Hand Papermaking
Volume 35, Number 1 * Summer 2020

"Between Eye and Light" an interview with Kyoko Ibe by Elise Thoron.

Click here to view a PDF of the interview.


Recycling: washi tales
Website documents the ongoing presentations of Recycling: washi tales, a collaboration of Kyoko's stage art and performace directed by Elise Thoron.

Online at


The World of Yugen
Introduction of Contemporary paperwork
August 29, 2008—January 4, 2009

Exhibition catalogue.

Available at Hiromi Paper International


Encyclopedia for Paper Culture and Science
Co-Author and Editor with Asakura Shoten, 2006


Introduction for Contemporary Paper Works
Author and Editor with Shibundo, 2000



Modern Literature Textbook for High School
Co-Author with Taishukan Shoten, 1998


The Complete Works of Japanese Culture vol. 5
Co-Author with Iwanami Shoten, 1997



publication 1  

On the Washi Works of Kyoko Ibe
Author and Editor with Maria Shobou (English), 1997

A book featuring works from international washi artist Kyoko Ibe.

Available online at


guidebook 1 and 2   Washi Guidebook 1, Washi Guidebook 2
Co-Author with All Japan Washi Union, 1996
handbook on art of washi  

Handbook on the Art of Washi
All Japan Handmade Washi Association, 1991

A question and answer book that covers descriptions of Washi, explanations of washi-making techniques, its history and regional differences.

Available online at