The Making of a Japanese Candle

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Japanese candles are not made of beeswax or paraffin like Western candles; they are made from a unique fat pressed from the seeds of a tree that today is grown mainly in Kyushu and on Shikoku. Japanese candles — called warōsoku —are different in almost every way, including how the wick is constructed and how the flame behaves. Whether held in the hand or lit in a Buddhist temple, Japanese candles have a special beauty and appeal. Learn more here from long-time Japan resident Alice Gordenker, who first started writing about Japanese candles in 2013 and is still traveling to find out more.  (Photo by Jeffrey Friedl)


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