The Akari lamp embodies the thoughts and prayers that go into Hiroshima’s senbazuru paper cranes.
Let your soul find comfort in the warm embrace of the candlelight and cherish the moment.
Every year, people from across Japan and the rest of the world send senbazuru (a thousand folded paper cranes) to the Children’s Peace Monument in Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park. Each set of cranes represents the creator’s hopes and prayers for peace. Hiroshima City upcycles old paper cranes by turning them into postcards, wrapping paper and other items. The remaining are burnt in a sacred ritual performed at Daishō-in Temple, the oldest in Miyajima. The fire used in the ritual is the famous ‘Eternal Flame’ from Reikado Hall near the summit of Mount Misen. This flame has been burning continuously for over 1,200 years and it was used to light the ‘Flame of Peace’ in the Peace Memorial Park.
We receive the ash from the ritual to use in our ‘senbazuru ash glaze’, which we apply to the Akari lamp. The lamp is made to resemble the shape of the Children’s Peace Monument and comes with folded paper cranes engraved on the sides. The gentle glow of the Akari lamp symbolizes the pursuit of world peace.