Japanese paper lantern (chōchin - 提灯)

Paper lanterns are used in many occasion in Japan, festivals, temples and shrines and to indicate restaurants and bars. Their colour differ depending on the use. For instance red lanterns mark the entrance of a bar. They are made of a foldable paper structure in accordion, or paper glued on a wood structure. Both ends are made of two bamboo circles.


Paper laterns in front of a bar of Kyoto
Paper lanterns at the entrance of a shrine




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