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Founded in 1854, Yoshida Shoten is specialized in "Edo hand-painted lanterns".


  • address2-13 Kanda-Sakumacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
  • tel03-3866-2935
  • business_hourMon-Fri 10: 00-17: 00
  • accessA 1-minute walk from Akihabara station
Closed Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays
Website http://www.e-yoshinoya.jp/
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    The gallery of Yoshinoya Shoten

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    Edo lanterns come in all shapes and sizes.

The lanterns of Yoshinoya Shoten can be seen at Kabukiza Theater in Tokyo, Naritasan Shinshoji Temple, Tokyo Daijingu, at the Chiyoda Tourist Information, and many more famous spots.

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    The large lantern overlooking the bustle of Kabukiza Kobikicho Square

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    Votive lanterns that illuminate the precincts of Tokyo Daijingu Shrine

All lanterns are handmade. First, they wrap a thread around a metal frame to make the lantern shape. Then, Japanese washi paper or a rain-resistant vinyl sheet is glued on top. Done!

Even today, edo lanterns are made by hand.

When the manufactured lanterns are dry, a skilled craftsmen will paint characters and family crests on them.

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    This craftsman with a career of more than 30 years writes characters in a Japanese lettering style called "Edo moji".

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    Various "Edo hand-painted lanterns"

Lanterns are widely used for large lanterns of shrines and temples, festival lanterns, restaurants, various celebrations such as weddings, memorials, and gifts for visitors from overseas. Now, Yoshinoya Shoten offers even "modern" lanterns that come in the shape of anime characters.
At Yoshinoya Shoten, you can also order lanterns individually. How about incorporating lanterns as an interior accessory in your home?


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