Monday, September 28, 2009
Japan may be a small island, but these lanterns are extremely popular, and have been since Japan’s inception. They are used during the festive season. The traditional styles include bonbori and chōchin; Japanese people put special lettering on them called chōchin moji. The previously described red lanterns were once used in the brothels, hence the term “red light district”. Nowadays, these red lanterns are used as advertisements hung just outside bars and restaurants. They can be very useful for decorating your living room.