‘Chōchin’ Paper Lanterns - Machiya House Features
Some of our traditional Japanese house decorated with a red ‘chōchin’ lantern. ‘Chōchin’ are paper lanterns. They are not only used to illuminate the outdoors, but are also used as landmarks or store signs that feature a name or crest. Near this particular Japanese house are 3 of Kyoto’s famous geisha “hanamachi” districts: Gion Higashi, Miyagawa-cho, and Gion Kobu. Each are independent neighborhoods, but it can be difficult to tell where one ends and the other starts – as they are adjacent to one another.
But all you have to do is check the chōchin lantern designs of the teahouses lining the street! The lanterns feature different crests depending on the hanamachi district.
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