Have you ever been to a party store and bought those round paper and plastic battery powered lanterns? Well, did you know that they are actually based on one of Japan’s first light sources and used in most Asian festivals? Japanese paper lanterns are made of pretty paper or sometimes silk that is stretched around a frame of bamboo, wood, or metal. They come in a range of shapes and sizes as well.
In the past they were necessary for light since there was no electricity. But now they are mostly used for decoration, either in festivals or in homes and buildings. And if you live in Japan, there is a beautiful store in Tokyo that specializes in paper lanterns so you would have no problem getting some.
They have a gorgeous showroom where you can buy or just admire their work. You can even inquire about custom orders. They do ceiling and pendant lights as well as different sized lamps and outdoor lamps. So if you’re in the area we’d recommend you take a look. You will not regret it!