Chochin is a Japanese collapsible lantern traditionally made of washi paper wrapped around a framework of bamboo rings. While this kit does not use bamboo, you will gain insight into the Japanese art of lantern making. Instructions can be found on the following page.
About the craftspeople
We've collaborated with Kyo-Chochin Minori, a 6th generation family business specializing in the making of Kyoto-style chochin lanterns. Kyoto-style lanterns have a frame made of bamboo formed into loops that are equally distributed horizontally. When Kyo-Chochin Minori was established, lanterns were still used for lighting, and chochin shops were the equivalent of modern-day electronic stores. Today, there are only two lantern businesses left in Kyoto.