Shoji Lanterns, Japanese Rice Paper Lanterns
Shoji lanterns are fantastic creations among the family of Shoji lamps. Shoji lanterns
are reminiscent of lamps that have adorned many temples and palaces
during the classical period of Imperial Japan. The lamp has undergone
a number of revivals for modern usages. Shoji lanterns today use
a special Japanese rice paper that will not yellow or discolor
over time. The lanterns are made using fine hand polished cherry
wood or walnut or bamboo.
"Even gusting winds are weakened by pliant bamboo never
broken in the storm..." goes an ancient Zen folk poem. The
inspiration for bamboo designs is believed to have derived from
this poem. The cane used in the Shoji lanterns is cut out from
plants budding in the yards. Bamboo is assumed as a "female"
plant and symbolizing the "yin", the flexibility, strength,
growth and resiliency of female energy, found in both genders.
Bamboo grows in almost any circumstance and is originate on all
continents, enduring green even in wintertime. But once it meets
with an obstacle, it stops growing upwards, retreats and draws
its increase inside and thickening its base.
Crane shoji lanterns are another design, which is said to be
an inspiration from a Zen country poem, saying, "The crane rises,
leaving simply the dream." Panda lanterns, dragon lanterns and
tree lanterns are a few of the other shoji designs available.
Shoji lamp and lanterns usually come with a stand, glass vow candle
vessel and a cover. The shoji covers are finished with non-combustible
fibreglass. It can either be used inside or outside, or even in
Shoji lanterns with a new base, called cloud base are known,
to have been stimulated by the old Chinese "cloud" figure.
It gives you a different dining experience as the lantern seems
floating about 4 inches over your dining table. The "Cloud",
as it is popularly called, is offered with all of the six-inch
fibreglass envelope designs. Staked lanterns of shoji seem like
floating in your garden at night. Covered in a fibreglass coat
the glass vow candleholder can be placed near to plants with no
harming them with heat. A normal inodorous white votive taper
will keep burning for about ten hours. Staked lanterns are available
in the range and design of the tiny tabletop shoji lanterns as
Japanese Garden Lanterns
Now if you want shoji lanterns that can be used on garden ponds,
swimming pools and the Zen hot tub, shoji water lanterns are there
for you. They are real art designs hand crafted on fibreglass
with a rice paper look. The floating lantern comes with a 4 1/4
inch wide stone resin handcrafted base, glass votive candle holder,
fastened to an 8 inch wide closed cell foam disk, and the shoji
cover. The shoji covers are 5 1/2 inches in length and are made
of fibreglass, which is made of non-combustible materials and
hence can be used in all climatic conditions.