TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Traditional crafts in Taito city

Edo Tegaki Chochin

Hand-Painted Paper Lanterns

Paper and bamboo craft represent the traditional Japanese paper lanterns. It is also known as a symbol of the Kaminarimon Gate of Sensoji Temple. Lantern making, which is a division of labor from the Edo era, lantern craftsmen in Tokyo purchase the firebox, which put Washi paper to bamboo sticks, and the main job in completing a lantern is writing a character or family crest.

Drawing this lantern characters, a kind of Edo characters that follow in the wake of Kanteiryu, is said to be the most difficult in making lanterns.

The lantern is not only used for lighting in the old days, but for greetings and cues and also as a symbol well established in people's life during unique atmospheres like festivals and related events.
An original paper lantern with family crests and names are made at present, and they have also become popular as interior items as well as for traditional.


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If you would like to know more about the craft history, manufacturing process, tools, etc., please check this movie.

 


Short version.


Long version.
If you would like to know more about the craft history, manufacturing process, tools, etc., please check this movie.

 

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