【Japanese Drip Candle】The Candles becoming Popular as Japanese Souvenir

Making Process of Japanese Drip Candle

Forming the core part of the candle

Japanese paper is wrapped around a bamboo stick to form a core.
Igusa (Juncus) is then wrapped around the core.


Wax is then applied to the wick, allowing the wax to fully absorb and harden. The wax is carefully applied to each piece one by one, relying on the sense of the craftsman’s hand.

Drawing patterns

Not only making simple monochromatic candle, but also some candles are painted one by one. You can feel the Japanese craftsmanship with the delicate design.

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Unique Strengths of Japanese Drip Candle

Many people may find it relaxing to watch the flickering candle flame. Japanese candles light a larger fire than most foreign candles and continue to change its shape even under the windless conditions. The secret lies in their structure. The inside of the candle is hollow that allowing air to constantly enter the candle to create a dancing fire which is not easily extinguished.

Additionally, many of us might have seen the melted wax mess on candle’s saucer, but Japanese candles do not have wax dripping. The reason for this is the wick of a Japanese candle is thick so that it maintains a perfect balance between the wax and the candle.

Among Japanese candles, there is a type of candle called an “E-rosku /絵蝋燭 ” (Painted Candle), which is painted in a variety of designs. Particularly popular design is a candle with flower patterns. While traditional Japanese candle have become popular amongst Buddhist as daily offerings, painted candles are recommended for all people who love candles!

Japanese Drip Candle was a High-end Products During the Edo Period

It is said that Japanese candles originated from beeswax candles made from beehives of honeybees introduced from China in the Nara period (710-794). This historical background led to the use of “wax” in Japanese candles. In the Muromachi period (1333-1573), Japanese candles were made from wax and lacquer. Later, from the late Edo period to the Meiji period (1868-1912), Japanese candles were most used from the late Edo period to the Meiji period. At that time, Japanese candles were treated as luxury items so that they were mainly used by wealthy merchants and samurai families. In the Edo period (1603-1868), it is said that the manufacturing of Japanese candles flourished as the production of sumac and lacquer were encouraged as well as the use of lanterns. Today, with the development of electricity, we have fewer opportunities to use candles, but how about trying to light environmentally friendly Japanese candles and feel the craftsmanship that has been passed down from generation to generation?

Japanese Drip Candle BOOM among Young People

In recent years, due to COVID-19 pandemic, the number of young people who are looking for a way to spend intense time at home increased who are looking for a way to spend intense time at home. From this situation, they are paying their attention to Japanese candles to incorporate new interior design elements. One reason for this is the vivid colors and wide variety of Japanese candles. Japanese paintings have long been the mainstream of Japanese candle designs, but now, in order to attract younger generations, candle painters are offering a service in which they paint the design requested by the customer. When I visited a Japanese candle shop in Kyoto, I saw hand-drawing of Disney characters, and I felt that Japanese candles with a mixture of Western illustrations and traditional Japanese techniques would be accepted not only in Japan but also by people from different culture. How about incorporating well-designed Japanese candles into your private life as an interior decoration to experience a moment of bliss?

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