Vernicious Knids

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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Granitoid Lanterns...

Remember that stone lantern obsession I told you about?



Well, I wasn't kidding!

Stone lanterns were originally used to provide a subtle light during tea ceremonies. The shape of these lanterns were not standardised but were generally comprised of the following 6 features: kurin (ornamental top), kasa (cap), hibukuro (light chamber), chudai (middle stand), sao (post) & jirin (base). Nowadays, you can find at least one example of a granite lantern in a Japanese garden - I usually manage to locate more than one :)

(Picture taken at Kaminoike - Upper Pond, Shinjuku Gyoen)
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8 Comments:

  • At 12:30 pm, Blogger Lou said…

    Very serene. A great place to just sit and meditate or read or doodle. Fascinating picture!

     
  • At 3:57 pm, Blogger Helen said…

    It looks like a beautiful place to wander around. Helen

     
  • At 12:51 am, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Serene is not usually the first word people think of when they think of Tokyo; but if you look hard enough you can find pockets of peacefulness!

     
  • At 3:06 am, Anonymous antonia said…

    This is so beautiful, you are so lucky to be living here and I love the pics you post :-)

     
  • At 3:42 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    GRANITOID. HAHAHA

     
  • At 12:19 am, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Antonia: I'm glad you enjoy them...and you are right, I am lucky to be living here :)

    Anon: Glad you were amused!

     
  • At 3:32 pm, Anonymous x baby said…

    This pic is awesome!!!

     
  • At 10:35 pm, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    I like it too x baby :)

     

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