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Granite Lantern in Japanese Culture

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Lanterns in Japanese Culture

By Dawn Gibbs


Stone lanterns are a traditional garden light.

Japanese lanterns, whether made of stone or paper, are highly decorative. They have different historical uses, and play various parts in modern Japanese culture. Some lantern uses, such as the Giant Lantern Festival, are borrowed from Chinese culture.


  • Glowing traditional Japanese paper lanterns.

    Enjoying the warm glow of Japanese paper lamps at night festivities and watching the changing shadows cast by the sun through stone lamps in gardens are a part of this island nation's history since the 6th century. A Korean Buddhist monk brought the idea of the lamp and Buddhism from China by way of Korea.

Stone Lanterns in Religion

  • Embracing Buddhism, the Japanese use of stone lamps called Ishidoro, originally served to light temples and later marked the grounds of these shrine areas. Stone lantern shapes were specific in meaning and became more worldly in use with the onset of the Japanese sacred tea ceremony. This national tradition came about when the Chinese introduced the hot beverage to this neighbor to the east. Lighting dark paths leading to the tea ceremonial hut, stone lanterns eventually moved into use in modern times as garden decorations.

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