One meaning for “Japan” in English is “lacquer”. It is truly a craft that represents the country.
As the phrase “as dark as black lacquer” suggests, it is a material that is thought to exist in a world without light.
Known for skilled work in restoration and repair of “architectural lacquer” the craftsman here tried for the first time to pass light through the dark material.
The subtle light of a Japanese lantern can be seen through a design featuring the propitious seigaiha pattern. Classic in its elements, it is also the first time for such a black lacquer lantern to exist.