Monday, August 24, 2009
The Appearances of Paper Lanterns
Paper lanterns have their variety of appearances as well. They are often white, but they also are made in many different colors with many different designs. One of the most common designs for paper lanterns is Chinese characters, Japanese kanji, or Korean hanja. Oriental paintings are more common than Western art, and some popular images are cherry blossom branches, birds, or bamboo. Despite the prevalence of Oriental themes, there are paper lanterns available which incorporate many modern or Western themes as well. Paper lanterns are even made by children in primary or elementary schools, and the children are allowed to express their personality by decorating their own lanterns.