Traditions: Lantern

Chouchin

Paper Lantern

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  • Description: Japanese paper lanterns also called chochin lanterns are recorded to have been around since 1085. They are made up of a cylinder shape skeleton (honegumi) using bamboo sticks (takehigo), wrapped in Japanese paper called shoji-gami with a candle placed inside. Paper lanterns are compact and easily collapsed when not being used. Today, they are typically used at shrines, festivals and other traditional places.
    For more information, visit: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2013/12/01/language/some-illuminations-on-the-red-lantern/#.VTSsNJOUc8Y
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