There are records of Gifu Lanterns stretching back to the Keichō and Keian eras of Japanese history, which stretched from the late-16th century to the mid-17th century. At the time, they were goods presented to the Owari Domain, rulers of the area at the time.
The modern shape of the lanterns first appeared during the Hōreki era in the mid-18th century, and the lanterns' coloration became standardized during the Bunsei era in the early-19th century.
On April 5, 1995, Gifu Lanterns were designated a traditional craft by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, the predecessor to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. The area eventually received a brandmark for its products in October 2006.
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