Tachi-Gata (Pedestal and Temple Lanterns)

Tachi-Gata (pedestal lanterns) also called Tachi-Doro (standing lantern built to imitate temple lanterns) can be easily identified by their large base or pedestal.

The first lanterns of this classic beauty date back to the early "Ashikaga period" in the eighth century and were typically used to light temples and shrines.
 
To place the Tachi-Gata bury the pedestal portion into the ground up to the point where the carving begins.


(Kasuga Temple, Nara, Japan)


 

Kasuga Temple Lantern
 
Kasuga lanterns are frequently seen at the entrance to a Japanese tea garden and as a focal point to modern day garden. Based on the teaching and tradition of the tea masters these lanterns were typically used wherever light would be useful even if none is likely to be provided.

The Kasuga is the best known Tachi-Gata type lantern. It has a Pagoda style hat (kasa) and a side panel featuring often the image of a deer. Kasuga lanterns are usually placed in a prominent location near a gate, entrance or path intersection.

Typically, the Kasuga features the traditional upturned corners on the tiled roof, representing the four directions of the universe. The substantial size of this magnificent lantern makes it the ideal accent for large landscapes or gardens.
 
Elements: 6 pieces

Height:  

ca. 120 cm

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Kasuga Tempellaterne Detail

Kasuga Tempellaterne Detail

Kasuga Tempellaterne Detail

Kasuga Tempellaterne Detail

 
Enjoy listening to the  buddhist Zen Chanting


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Kasuga Temple Lantern

 

   
Koya-San Kasuga Stone Lantern
Picture from one of the many temples on Mount Koya (Koya-San) in the vicinity of Osaka displaying a Kasuga.
It is named after ancient Kasuga shrine (春日大社, Kasuga-taisha) in Nara, Japan. The shrine was established 768 A.D. and rebuilt several times over the centuries. It is the shrine of the important Fujiwara family.

The interior of the Kasuga-taisha is famous for its many bronze lanterns as well as the many stone lanterns that lead up the shrine. Nara is famous to have lots of deer's around the Kasuga shrine. They have a long established tradition in Nara. According to the legend they served as messengers of the Gods caring news from paradise to the earth.

Reaching the shrine involves a long walk passing three gates (torii) along a path lined with tall imposing lanterns. In reference to this shrine this type of lantern (with a long pedestal and massive construction) are therefore called a Kasuga lantern.

 

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Shinzentouro

   
Traditional temple lantern with pagoda style roof
Wooden framed light chamber
Elegant base with two Kanji signs

 
Elements: 7 pieces
 
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Shinzentouron Tempellaterne Takayama


Sakurayama-Hachimangu Shrine with Shinzentouro Lantern

 
At the backside of the Sakurayama-Hachimangu Shrine a Shinzentouro
lantern is nicely placed in front of a small wooden shrine.

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Shinhentouro Tempellaterne
 

The Shinzentouro stone lantern is often seen in the area of Kyoto, Mt. Hiei and Takayama. Hida Takayama is located in the northern part of Gifu Prefecture. This castle town lays at the foot of the Takayama Castle, built in the 16th century.
 


 

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Taihei

 

  

The Taihei lanterns are named after the Taihei temple, 泰平寺 in Kagoshima, Sendai Prefecture.

 
Elements: 6 pieces

Height:  

ca. 120 cm

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Shinzentouron Tempellaterne Takayama

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Taihei Stone Lantern
 

On the left, the Myokenji temple in Kyoto shows a Kasuga stone lantern in front where a Taihei temple lantern is located in the background of this picture.

 

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Rikyu

 

  

Designed by the famous tea master Sen no Rikyu this lantern is distinguished by its mushroom shaped roof. Rikyu’s sense of aesthetics influenced the design of stone lanterns as garden ornaments.
 
Sen no Rikyu, the innovative 16th century tea master, decided to use lanterns in his tea house gardens since he liked their gentle light for evening tea ceremonies.
 
Elements: 6 pieces

Height:  

ca. 120 cm

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Rikyu Stone Lantern


 

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Eitokuji

 

  

The Eitokuji stone lantern is named after the Bangai temple on Shikoku island. It is believed that Kobo Daishi slept nearby under a bridge. Kobo Daishi (774-835) is the founder of the Japanese Shingon School on Mt. Koya in Japan and perhaps the most significant individual in the history of Heian Buddhism.
 
Elements: 6 pieces

Height:  

ca. 100 cm

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Eitokuji Stone Lantern


 

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Nuresagi

 

  

This lantern dates back to the Edo-Period (1603-1867, the Tokugawa Shogunate). Only few Nuresagi lanterns remain today and are therefore considered as very valuable items in Japan.

The Nuresagi lantern is so named for its form that suggests a wet heron or crane standing on one leg. The kasa (cap) with the down folded lotus leaves represent Buddha. The lantern looks beautiful on a tranquil green shrubs along the garden path with its light chamber windows directed to the visitor.

 
Elements: 6 pieces

Height:  

ca. 100 cm

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Nuresagi Steinlaterne Detail

Nuresagi Steinlaterne Detail

Nuresagi Steinlaterne Detail

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Nuresagi Steinlaterne


 

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Zendouji gata 善導寺形灯籠

 

  

This type of lantern is found in the garden of Zendouji 善導寺 in Kyoto. Six semi-spherical swellings surround the base and have been interpreted as transformations of half lotus petals. The Sao (post or pedestal) is undecorated. The middle base, Chudai is six-sided and the Hibukuro (light chamber) and the canopy are heavy. The window of the light chamber is proportionally small, so that the overall proportion make the whole lantern appear heavy.

The kasa (roof part) of the canopy are decorated with line engravings, and there is a unique design on the side of the light chamber. The Chudai (middle stand, platform for the light chamber) is decorated with horizontal engravings. This lantern represents the taste of the Edo period, the original lantern in Kyoto stands approximately 1.80 m in height.
 
Elements: 6 pieces

Height:  

ca. 120 cm

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Zendouji gata Stone Lantern


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