Chochin Portable Washi Paper Lanterns

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Handmade by Asano Shoten the Gifu Prefecture of Japan, this collection of portable Washi lanterns speak softly with their halcyon shape and warm diffusion. The simplicity of their structure is characterized by a wire armature that dilates a continuous spiral of bamboo filament and washi paper.

Asano's Chochin lanterns are lovely in a group. Flat packed and gift boxed, the experience of taking an Asano light out of its box is like unfolding a precious wrapped gift. Moreover, the illustrated assembly process is a neat expression of use of tension and tolerance in creating form and balance. 

It is a neat design reminiscent of modernist aesthetics while retaining Japanese design sensibilities.

 Asano Shoten has been traditionally crafting Gifu lanterns for 100 years. While mainly focused on lanterns and traditional techniques, they also develop new lantern concepts to complement today’s modern lifestyles. Asano has also moved into new areas, such as interior lighting equipment and lantern hats.

Size and Dimensions

1. Donguri 'Acorn' model:  W30xH50㎝

2.  TAWARA 'harvested rice bale' shape: W28xH50㎝


Light Source: LED Bulb battery light, 2 alkaline AA batteries used

Continuous use time approx. 25 hours (when using 2x alkaline AA batteries- batteries not supplied)


Japanese Washi paper shade, wire armature.

Plate and stands: Steel Plate with veneer

For indoor use only. Outdoor use with great care and diligence, avoid water and sources of flame.

Care Instructions: Dust with a soft dry cloth; never use any liquid as the paper shade is at its weakest form when wet.