Yukimi-Gata (snow viewing lantern)

The Yukimi stone lantern 織部灯籠, or "snow viewing" lantern (yukimi doro)", appeared first in the early Edo period. It is believed to have been used to mark peninsular landmasses and is often seen on the edge of the landscape or the plane of a frozen lake. These traditional Japanese lanterns are essential to give authenticity to a Japanese garden, and yet will grace any garden. 
The lantern has no shaft and instead rests on three or four legs that arch outward from the base. It usually sits relatively low to the ground, and combined with the multiple legs, it lends a sense of stability to a landscape. This style of lantern is so named because it shows its best under a mantle of snow.

 

Shinjuku-Gyoen, Tokyo Japan Yukimi Stone Lantern
(Shinjuku-Gyoen, Tokyo Japan)

Although "Yukimi" is the Japanese custom of "snow-viewing", the original Japanese character may have meant ”floating light”.

The kasa (cap or roof) is also much broader than in other Japanese style lanterns. The term 'snow-viewing' refers to the kasa's resemblance to a bamboo hat with an accumulation of snow on the top. The main part of the lantern is usually either round, six- or eight-sided. It is usually supported by a four-legged base but can have from 3 to 6 legs depending on the style.

Where a stone lantern has a "Half Moon" shaped opening this should always be turned toward the west, while a "Full Moon" shaped opening should be turned toward the east according to the opinion of some Tea Masters. However, to others, this is of no great importance and they prefer to turn the lantern so that the light looks best in the garden.

Yukimi lanterns have the following five elements stacked one atop the other.
  • Kurin (ornamental top or finial)
  • Kasa (cap or roof)
  • Hibukuro (light chamber or fire box)
  • Chudai or ukebachi (middle stand, platform for the firebox)
  • Jirin or dai (base)  can have one to six feet

Yukimi lanterns are made of natural frost resistant granite with pre-drilled hole for electrical wiring. However, in many cases, an external 'spot light' pointing to the yukimi make an even more impressive focal point during night time to complete your Eastern themed garden. Due to the impressive weight of granite each lantern is carved into the above mentioned five separate pieces.


J-01     Rokkaku Yukimi 
 
Rokkaku-Yukimi granite lantern with traditional square legs with hexagonal light chamber and kasa (capping piece). The upturned corners of the roof section help to capture the snowfall. Often used near ponds or streams.

The Hibukuro (light chamber) is nicely carved with new moon, full moon and lattice ornaments.

 
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J-01b 60 790.--

J-01c 65 860.--

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Rokkaku Yukimi 


 

Maru Yukimi

  

Japanese style granite lantern with inward turning three legged base. Round design lantern with delicate lattice work, roof and capping piece. Leaves ornament on the roof piece. This is a very elegant lantern and as most Yukimi's often placed close to water or even in the pond. The three legged base needs a solid ground to place the lantern on.

 
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J-07    Kodai Yukimi

 
Japanese granite lantern with traditional square legs. Plain design with open style hexagonal light chamber and hexagonal kasa (capping piece). This type of lantern is often seen close to a pond and will give authenticity to a Japanese style garden. Kodai Yukimi are on display in many Japanese parks such as in the Tokyo Shinjuku-koen. Quite often, one or two legs of the Kodai Yukimi are placed into the water.

 
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Kodai Yukimi 


 
During night time the Kodai Yukimi appears mysterious, the water reflects the lantern. Two legs of the lantern base rest on a stone in the water surrounded by colored koi swimming in the pond. A beautiful example of how a small place in the garden can be turned into a treasure.

 

Kodai Yukimi with wooden frames

 
Japanese granite lantern with traditional square legs and wooden frames.

 
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J-08b 60 860.--

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Kodai Yukimi mit Holzfenstern

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Kodai Yukimi mit Holzfenstern
 


Kodai Maru Yukimi

  

The simplest of the Japanese lanterns is also traditionally placed by a pond or stream. However, it will also look good against gravel or decking. The Kodai Maru Yukimi design is reduced to the max and fully in line with the zen tradition of simplicity.
 
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Kodai Maru Yukimi Stone Lantern
 


Kodai Maru Yukimi

  

The simplest of the Japanese lanterns is also traditionally placed by a pond or stream. However, it will also look good against gravel or decking. The Kodai Maru Yukimi design is reduced to the max and fully in line with the zen tradition of simplicity.
 
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J-02a 45 550.--

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Kodai Maru Yukimi
 


 

Ryutsuki Rokkaku Yukimi

 

 

The Ryutsuki Rokkaku Yukimi is a blended lantern based on the traditional Rokkaku Yukimi with an impressive dragon on top of the roof. This Chinese style stone lantern shows in addition two frogs on the Chudai (middle stand, platform for the firebox). Among many other animals, dragons have a very important meaning as a symbol of longevity, noblesse and immortality. To the Chinese, the Imperial Dragon or Lung, is considered to be the primary of four benevolent spiritual animals. Having unrivaled wisdom and power the dragon symbolized the Emperors of China themselves, who were actually called dragons. Hsi, China's first emperor, was said to have a dragon's tail. The dragon is visualized as a long, scaled, snake-like, wingless, serpentine creature with clawed feet.

In ancient China the mythical frogs are believed to be the bearer of good fortune and are the ultimate symbol to bring abundance to the home.
 

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5 pieces
 

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Ryutsuki Rokkaku Yukimi Stone Lantern

   
 
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Details: Mythical frogs


 


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