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The Long Lantern
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design I call the Long Lantern (to distinguish it from the Lantern, which is folded using a different method). Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.

See also the Urn.


In China (and in publications by Chinese authors)


Diagrams for this design appear in 'Zhe zhi tu shuo' (Illustrated Paperfolding), compiled by Gui Shaolie, which was published by the Commercial Press in Shanghai in Ming guo 3 (1914).


In Japan (and in publications by Japanese authors)


The earliest appearance of this design that I know of is in 'Kindergarten Shoho' (Preliminary Kindergarten) by Iijima Hanjuro, which was copyrighted on October 4th Meiji 17 (1884) and published by Fukuda Senzo in August of Meiji 18 (1885).



This design appears as 'Chochin' (Lantern) in issue 1 of the children's magazine 'Shokokumin' for the year 1894.



There is a drawing of a Long Lantern in a print by Ogata Gekko. I am indebted to David Humphries of for telling me that 'this print is part of a small format album titled Nihon Jo Reikshiki (loosely Etiquette for young Women). The album itself was published by Matsuki Heikichi in 1898.'



Diagrams for the Long Lantern appear in 'Jinjo Kouto Shogaku Shuko Seisakuzu' (Handicrafts for ordinary higher elementary schools) by Hideyoshi Okayama, which was published by Rokushiro Uehara in Tokyo in 1903.


The design is also pictured in 'Shukouka no Liron Oyobi Jissai' (Handicraft Theory and Practice) by Kuniho Nakamura and Shinpei Ito, which was published by Kofukan in Tokyo in 1903.



A drawing of the design appears in 'Shukoka Kyoju Saian' by Gentaro Tanahashi and Hideyoshi Okayama, which was published by Hobunkan in Tokyo in 1905.



Drawings also appear in 'Shukou Tebikigusa : Kokumin Kyoiku Origami Yuihimo' by Ishin Nishigaki, which was published by Meguro Shoten in Nagaoka in 1907.



An illustration of the Long Lantern appears in 'Origami zusetsu' (Illustrated Origami) by Sano Shozo, which was published in Tokyo in 1908.



A drawing of the Long Lantern appears in a monozukushi-e print, by an unknown artist, but said to be from the Meiji era. I have temporarily assigned it the date of 1912, the last year of that era, pending the discovery of more accurate information.



Diagrams also appear in 'Origami: Folding Paper for Children' by Claude Sarasas, which was first published by Kodansha in Tokyo in 1951.


In Western Europe and the Americas


In 'Secrets of Origami', by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne Book Company in London in 1964.