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Gifu-chochin paper lanterns were first produced in present-day Gifu Prefecture in the mid-18th century. The term Gifu paper lanterns encompasses o-uchi andon (lamp stands), rotating andon, andon that can adopt various shapes, and decorative lanterns. Paper lanterns are a form of portable lighting used in bygone days, and an abundance of the materials used in lantern-making, washi paper and bamboo, allowed production of large volumes of lanterns here. Gifu paper lanterns had taken the form we see today by the first half of the 19th century, and are used widely throughout Japan for decorative use. They are seen at the O-bon festival and Noryosai (Evening Cooling Festival), both held in summer. Gifu paper lanterns were designated a traditional craft in 1995.

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