Chochin paper lanterns have been a part of the Japanese urban landscape for centuries: in older days as actual lights, in recent years as restaurant signs, and in some temples like Tokyo's oldest, Sensoji in Asakusa, as decorations, they are an essential piece in the visual puzzle that is modern-day Japan. And now, with the Chochin Cap you can actually own one and wear it as a unique and stylish fashion accessory than says "Japan" in no uncertain way.
Created by a traditional chochin workshop in Kyoto that has been making real chochin since the Edo period (1603-1868), the Chochin Cap features the same kind of handmade washi paper, bamboo frame, and light wooden top that you will see in the actual lanterns. And like them, this cap is collapsible so you can make it as tall or as short as you like. It has a leather strap, so you can adjust its fit, and its top has been left open, so you can even use it as a decorative item when you're not wearing it on your head! If you want to store it in style, you can use its specially crafted box (available as an optional extra). The choice is yours, but either way this is an item that brings together all the classic Japanese aesthetic sensibilities in a truly unique way!
The Chochin Cap features:
- Traditional Japanese paper lantern design folding hat
- Handmade in Kyoto by traditional paper lantern craftsmen
- Materials: wood, Japanese washi paper, bamboo
- Adjustable crocodile leather strap
- Optional storage box