The Japanese lantern

The Japanese lantern, Chochin, is made with cylindrically-curved bamboo bones and Japanese Washi paper, with a candle is placed inside. However it is not clear when it was first used, the prototype of the Chochin is considered to be created in the Muromachi Period (1336-1573 A.D.). It has become widely used in the Edo Period (794-1333 A.D.) as wax candles became popular.

Nowadays, it is a necessity for traditional ceremonies and festivals in shrines and temples, and also popular for shop displays and interior accessories.