Japanese lantern (Sushi, Sashimi) - diam 15cm - H 30cm

Chochin are Japanese lanterns that have been crafted in Japan as far back as 1085. They are traditionally made with a bamboo frame covered in silk or paper.

Remarkably, traditional chochin can be folded flat for storage. This is an example of the early design prowess of Japan.

Chochin are used to decorate shrines, temples and businesses. They are particularly associated with traditional drinking spots such as izakaya that usually have a red chochin out front with the name of the business written in shoji calligraphy.

In modern times, chochin range from fine crafts to cheap plastic trinkets.

Perhaps the most famous chochin in Japan is the massive lantern that hangs at the thunder gate of Sensoji Temple in Tokyo. It weighs 700 kilograms, or 1540 pounds and is made with a high grade of bamboo from Kyoto.

Chochin have been used to light the night for hundreds of years and have a special place in Japanese culture. Many Japanese festivals involve decorating shrines, temples and streets with chochin that often number in the thousands. In large numbers they give the streets a wonderful tinge of ambient light.

Japanese lantern (Sushi, Sashimi) - diam 15cm - H 30cm

Chochin are Japanese lanterns that have been crafted in Japan as far back as 1085. They are traditionally made with a bamboo frame covered in silk or paper. Remarkably, traditional chochin can be folded flat for storage. This is an example of the early design prowess of Japan. Chochin are used to decorate shrines, temples and businesses. They are particularly associated with traditional drinking spots such as izakaya that usually have a red chochin out front with the name of the business written in shoji calligraphy. In modern times, chochin range from fine crafts to cheap plastic trinkets. Perhaps the most famous chochin in Japan is the massive lantern that hangs at the thunder gate of Sensoji Temple in Tokyo. It weighs 700 kilograms, or 1540 pounds and is made with a high grade of bamboo from Kyoto. Chochin have been used to light the night for hundreds of years and have a special place in Japanese culture. Many Japanese festivals involve decorating shrines, temples and streets with chochin that often number in the thousands. In large numbers they give the streets a wonderful tinge of ambient light.