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Gifu Lanterns - A Traditional Culture of Gifu

This video, titled "手技TEWAZA「岐阜提灯」gifu paper lantern/伝統工芸 青山スクエア Japan traditional crafts Aoyama Square," was released by Japan Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square.

Gifu lanterns are a traditional craft of Gifu City and have a long history, beginning since they were first made in the Edo period.
A large amount of high-quality bamboo grows in Gifu Prefecture, and washi (Japanese paper) making has been popular in the region since ancient times.
These are some of the reasons why Gifu lanterns have evolved so well as a traditional craft.
Gifu lanterns were presented as gifts to the Owari domain (present-day Aichi Prefecture) during the Edo period.
Gifu lanterns are also called Bon lanterns because they are used as lanterns during the Obon season.

Gifu Lanterns - A Traditional Craft Representing the Gifu Area

Japan is home to many traditional crafts.
Some have a deep history, others have developed together with the unique culture of the region, and others are handcrafted by artisans and designated as traditional crafts by the Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry.
Gifu lanterns are one such craft that has been recognized for their value as a traditional craft representing Gifu prefecture and have been designated as traditional crafts by the Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry.

Stylish Gifu Lanterns

In recent years, Isamu Noguchi has created a stylish light source called AKARI using traditional Gifu lanterns, which has attracted a lot of attention.
"AKARI" can be purchased at online shops and other stores, so if you want to decorate your room with a traditional, yet innovative Japanese lantern, consider purchasing one.

A Gifu Lantern Painting Experience

One of the characteristics of Gifu lanterns is that they are made from Mino washi and other specialties of the Gifu region.
The thin washi paper is beautifully patterned and then affixed to a flexible bamboo frame.
If you're traveling in Gifu, why not try your hand at Gifu lantern painting?
The artisans who make Gifu lanterns will carefully instruct you on how to decorate them, so you can have an enjoyable experience.

Summary of Gifu Lanterns

Gifu lanterns are a great item for those looking to enjoy the unique culture of Japan.
As you can see from the video, Gifu lanterns are made through the skills of traditional artisans.
Gifu lanterns are a specialty of Gifu. Some of these traditional items can be purchased at surprisingly reasonable prices, so be sure to look into buying some if you're searching for souvenirs or want to decorate your home.

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Sep. 15, 2020
Japan
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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