Some of the most recognizable Japanese decorative items are the lanterns. Most Japanese lanterns are made of colored, porous and semi-translucent paper. They also include designs and patterns, which express something about the Japanese culture. In the past, the lanterns were mostly used in temples and holy grounds, but due to their popularity, the lanterns became a common household item. Nowadays, the Japanese lanterns are paper orb lamps with modern flashing lights. Here are some interesting facts about the Japanese lanterns:
Japanese Lanterns Origin
A Korean Buddhist monk introduced the idea of using lanterns. These small decorative items were used for festivity nights, and they are part of the Japanese culture since the 6th century.
In Japan, oiled paper and bamboo framed lights can still been found outside in the gardens, hanging from eaves along roofs.
Food Menu Spelled Out On Paper Lanterns
In Japan, the favorite national foods are offered throughout illuminate and brightly colored lanterns.
In modern Japan, using lanterns and lighting up the night is a visual mixture of the Japanese tradition and modern art. The streets in the big cities, like Tokyo, are full with colorful flashing signs that include traditional lanterns.
The “Nihonmatsu Chochin Matsuri Lantern Festival” is one of the largest lantern festivals in Japan (seen at the picture above) that has been a tradition for over 350 years, attracting tourists from all over the world. It happens every year from 4 to 6 of October, and the evenings of the festival are considered as the most interesting spectacles.
The Japanese paper lanterns are usually lit from the inside by an electrical bulb with a small voltage. A battery powered lanterns can also be found on the market. These lanterns eliminate the need of using cords, and are easy to make. All you will need is a pair of scissors, glue, some brightly colored paper and few other materials that you may have in your home.