Yamaga lanterns, also called Yamaga-toro, are created using only washi paper and glue to create a three-dimensional shape. These lanterns originated about 600 years ago in the Muromachi Period when paper lanterns made to look like gold lanterns were offered at Yamaga’s shrine during the fire festival. In addition to golden lanterns, there are pieces crafted to look like famous buildings and shrines. There is no overlap in pieces of paper when pasting together Yamaga lanterns, and the structures, no matter how small, are hollow.
The Yamaga Lantern Festival takes place every year on August 15 in Yamaga City.
During the festival, women wear these paper-made imitation gold lanterns on their heads and dance, while paper lanterns shaped like various buildings are presented as offerings to the local shrine.