Washi is the name of the traditional paper products made in Japan for over 1300 years. They first arrived in Japan from China, brought by Buddhist monks who used them to write Sutras. They are produced from long fiber that generally comes from one of these three plants: the Kozo (Paper Mulberry), which is thick and strong, the Mitsumata, which is soft and graceful, and the Gampi, which is rich and has great longevity. They can also be made from rice, wheat or bamboo. Widely used for the arts of calligraphy, painting and origami, Washi paper is also used to make fans and all kinds of stationery.