Japanese Crafts – Yamaga-toro Lanterns

Yamaga-toro are lanterns manufactured in Yamaga City in Kumamoto Prefecture. They are made using only Japanese paper and glue to create a three-dimensional object. The manufacturing technique has been passed down from the end of the Muromachi period, which is applied not only to conventional votive offerings but also to decorative figures, gifts or souvenirs, and interior accessories.

In the Yamaga Toro Matsuri, one of the three greatest fire festivals of summer in Kumamoto, 1000 women dressed in summer kimonos and bearing lighted Yamaga Toro Lanterns on their heads, dance and sing.