The inspiration for this design came from bamboo that grows in my 'meditation garden'. It is amazing when, in the winter, we watch the bamboo 'bow to the season' under a layer of snow and ice, falling down, lying on the ground, but, when left alone, as the temperatures warm, it will pop back up .......... uninjured. This supports the message in this ancient Japanese folk poem, "Even strong winds are weakened by obedient bamboo never broken in the wind."
I have found this message useful during times of challenge when I found personal strength by remaining 'obedient' to my instincts or 'inner voice', and often have noticed the weakening, sometimes dissolving, of the 'obstacle'.
There is a little cricket in the bamboo design, for good luck!
The hand printed cover is made from fiberglass with a 'rice paper' look, 7 1/2 inches high with a 4 1/2 inches wide stone resin base. A glass votive candle holder sits securely encased inside the cover and we package a tea light candle with each shoji lantern we find as they keep the glass clean and are easy to replace.
Although the cover looks like rice paper the fiberglass doesn't mind getting wet, so you can place the lantern in the garden on a table or on the side of a bathtub, turn out the lights and take a Zen bath...ahhhh.
This lantern is now available as a plug-in table top nightlight if specified in the order.