Robust Chochin born in Mito

"Sifu-fu" is another name for Mito, as it was called in the Edo period. Therefore, chochin made in Mito are called "Suifu chochin". Even today, Mito is one of the three major production centers of chochin, along with Yame in Kyushu and Gifu.

The origins of this paper lantern can be traced back to the Edo period (1603-1867), when it was used to support the lives of the lower-ranked samurai of the Mito domain (feudal domain).
The structure is made using the kakeito (hanging string) technique, in which individual bamboo strips are looped and twisted together with string, to create a very sturdy structure.

Passing on the skill and charm of lanterns to the future

Suifu chochin were well received for their durability and ease of use, and they spread not only to Edo but also to the Kanto, Koshinetsu, and Tohoku regions. Even after Edo became Tokyo, these chochin continued to be used, and at its peak, there were more than 30 wholesale stores and stores specializing in chochin in Mito City.

In the postwar period, however, the use of chochin decreased due to changes in people's lifestyles. As a result, the number of chochin-making craftsmen, chochin wholesalers, and dealers has gradually decreased, and the transmission of traditional techniques has become more and more limited.

Since its establishment in 1865, SUZUKI MOHEI SHOTEN has continued to produce and deliver chochin used in various occasions such as festivals and Obon festivals. While preserving the techniques and charm of "Suifu chochin" handed down by our predecessors, we will continue our research and innovation to create chochin that will warmly decorate your daily life, the "Suifu chochin" of today and the future.