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Museum’s Choice “The Beautiful World of Gifu Lanterns”


June 3 (Sat) – July 17 (Mon/Holiday), 2023

Gifu lanterns are a proud traditional craft of Gifu City, along with Gifu wagasa umbrellas and Gifu fans. These are made of Japanese washi paper and bamboo, which the Mino region has been known for since ancient times. They are still handmade by craftsmen. In 1995, Gifu lanterns were designated as a National Traditional Craft, and even today it boasts one of the largest market shares in Japan.
Gifu lanterns are characterized by their delicate and elegant finish. Thin Japanese washi paper or silk is stretched over thin bamboo strips. This exhibition will explore the world of beautiful Gifu lanterns through a variety of the museum's collection, as well as the actual lantern-making tools and historical materials.


Event period June 3 (Sat)–July 17 (Mon/Holiday), 2023
Closed June 5(Mon), 12(Mon), 19(Mon), 26(Mon), July 3(Mon), 10(Mon)
Hours of operation 9:00 am–5:00 pm (Entry until 4:30 pm)
Venue Special exhibition room on the 1st floor of Gifu City Museum of History
Admission fee 310 yen (250 yen) for high school and up; 150 yen (90 yen) for elementary/junior high school students

* Discounted prices in parentheses are for groups of 20 or more.

* Free admission for those below (proof required for ① or ②. MIRAIRO ID accepted.)

①Gifu-City residents of age 70 or older (Not applicable for special exhibitions)

②Holders of physical disability certificate, mental disability certificate, rehabilitation certificate, or medical care recipient certificate for intractable diseases and one attendant

③Elementary / Junior high school students in Gifu City

④Junior high school students and younger visitors, and accompanying family members (of high school students and older) on June 18 (Sun) and July 16 (Sun)

Main Exhibition Works

  • Ouchi Andon

    (floor-standing paper lanterns)

    Design: Chrysanthemum and bush clover

    Owned by Gifu City Museum of History

  • Makoto Saito’s Letter
    (To Naojiro Teshigawara) (Partial)

    Owned by Gifu City Museum of History

  • Sample of lantern papers with designs added

    Owned by Gifu City Museum of History

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