A paper showroom.
Viewed from the street through its plate-glass window, the stark white interior of Mihoncho Honten looks almost clinical. Enter, though, and the waist-high display cases arranged in orderly rows and filled with sheets of paper in every hue, weight and texture imaginable, lend the shop more of a creative than cold atmosphere. This space serves as the showroom for Takeo, which has been making paper since 1899. The walls are stacked floor-to-ceiling with trays holding more samples; there are over
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