Yame Paper Lanterns


With an approximately 200 year history, Yame is Japan’s most famous paper lantern-manufacturing region. Using materials such as bamboo, Japanese paper, lacquer, sumac wax, and wood, ingenious traditional techniques are adopted in each step of the lantern-making process, and all of the mountain, water, flower, or birds paintings on the “suzumi”, “kinubari”, and other such laterns are hand-drawn. There are a plethora of paper lantern varieties, with some estimates saying as many as 3,000!

*About the Paper Lantern: Government-Designated Traditional Craft; first made in 1816; dimensions of Jumbo Paper Lantern - diameter: 3 meters (about 10 feet), height: 4.5 meters (about 15 feet), weight: 50 kilo grams (about 110 pounds)

Basic Information

Address (Japanese) 834-0063 福岡県八女市本村425-22-2 八女商工会議所内
Address Yame Chamber of Commrce and Industry, 425-22-2 Motomura, Yame City, Fukuoka
Telephone Number 0943-22-5161(八女提灯協同組合)
Contact Yame Paper Lantern Cooperative
Fax Number 0943-22-5164

*Information on facilities is subject to change. Please check each official website for the latest information.


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