MAU Art & Design Glossary

Shin-Torinoko Paper



hin-torinoko (new torinoko) paper is a Western paper made with machines imitating the texture of torinoko paper. Because it is made of wood pulp and can be mass produced, it is relatively inexpensive and is often used for test printing woodblocks and for preparing rough sketches for Japanese paintings. It is also used as a low-priced household fusuma (sliding door) paper. However, authentic torinoko paper and shin-torinoko paper use different raw materials and manufacturing methods, so there is a big difference between the two in actual paper quality and characteristics.

Shin-torinoko paper has a relatively flat and smooth surface texture, moderate thickness and pliability. But it does not have the distinct gloss of torinoko paper made from ganpi and the surface is also slightly less smooth. The size and color of the paper depends on the manufacturer but sanroku and shiroku sheets are the most common size, though it is also sold in rolls. It is available in several colors including the basic yellowish pale cream of torinoko paper as well as white and grey tones.

The flat and smooth side is the front and the side with the rough surface is the back. Some shin-torinoko paper available on the market is already sized so this needs to be confirmed at the time of purchase. When using the paper for woodblock printing, it should first be moistened to a proper degree by placing it in between sheets of moistened cardboard or newspaper.
Shin-torinoko paper can be purchased at art supply stores and washi shops.

* The example (photo) is of a test sample to demonstrate the properties of the paper and the possible expressions. It is not a recommendation of any particularly type of material. (Materials that are not generally suitable are also used to demonstrate.)


  • Shin-Torinoko paper (close-up)Shin-Torinoko paper (close-up)
  • Examples of strokes on Shin-Torinoko paper white