What is a "kaishi" and how do you use it?

A kaishi (懐紙) is an elegant piece of paper, which has been used in Japan since the Heian period (794-1185). Kaishi are traditionally carried by the Japanese in kimono sleeves.

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This paper can be used in many ways:

  • as a plate to serve sweets such as wasanbon, 
  • to clean your tea bowl or wipe your mouth during a tea ceremony, 
  • to wrap leftover sweets after a tea ceremony, 
  • to write down a memo. 

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The Japanese used them at that time to write waka (= traditional Japanese poems). Kaishi can also be used as a coaster or table decoration. 

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