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更新日:2019年8月1日

Introducing Traditional Culture

Chochin, Paper Lantern
Obon is an annual Japanese custom to pray for the souls of ancestors. Generally, from August 13th to the 16th, families and relatives gather and visit graves to welcome their ancestors’ souls. August 13th is called the mukaebi or greeting fire in Japanese. To welcome ancestral souls, after visiting graves, chochin paper lanterns are lit to guide the souls of the deceased to the houses.

Chochin is one of the traditional crafts of Japan. Chochin is a paper-covered lantern with a cylindrical wood or bamboo frame and a lit candle inside. It can be folded to make it small and to make it easy to carry.
Nowadays, there are various types of chochin created with unique, modern ideas. Some chochin come in various shapes including star, moon, bird, pine tree, and many more. Some chochin have sound sensor placed inside, which enable you to turn the light on and off by just clapping your hands.

With a great variety of features and types of chochin, you may find your favorite one that fits your needs. May chochin sooth you gently and silently, taking you away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a moment.

chochin

A modern-style chochin lantern in a star shape


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