News- Current Students & Staff

11 Jan 2019
  • Current Students & Staff

KIZUNA presents Japanese Lantern Making Workshop (16 November 2018)

Student Lounge KIZUNA's November event was a Japanese lantern making workshop, held on Friday the 16th with instruction provided by members of the artisan unit Kobishiya Chube.

As the workshop began, participants first listened to a brief lecture on the jibari-shiki lantern-making method and its history. Everyone then worked through the whole process of Kyoto-style chochin (lantern) production, from selecting colored and patterned washi — traditional Japanese paper — to applying glue to a bamboo frame, and carefully pasting the paper onto the frame. All the participants successfully completed these steps to produce exquisite chochin. They then lit the finished lanterns together and enjoyed their warm glow, before taking them home as souvenirs.

The event provided a precious chance for the international students to learn the techniques of Kyoto-style paper-lantern making, an iconic local handicraft tradition, while also getting to know each other.

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Workshop in session

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Pasting washi onto the frame

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A participant with his handmade lantern

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Lanterns lit and glowing

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