In regard to Edo Sashimono (Joinery), whether the work is a chest of drawers, a dressing table, a desk, a jewel box, or other kinds of furniture, the artisan combines wooden boards without a metal nail.
The city's artisans meticulously trained their own skills and techniques to develop this craft, insisting on the best in selection of raw materials, tools, the assembling artisanship, and everything.
The Chouchin (Japanese paper lantern) had a frame of split bamboo wound in a spiral. Paper or silk protected the flame from wind. The spiral structure permitted it to be collapsed into the basket at the bottom. The chouchin hung from a hook at the top.
The earliest record of a chouchin dates to 1085, and one appears in a 1536 illustration.
In present-day Japan, plastic chouchin with electric bulbs are still produced as novelties, souvenirs, and for matsuri and events. The akachouchin, or red lantern, marks an izakaya.