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Tachi-Gata (Pedestal and Temple Lanterns)


Nara, Japan Stone LanternTachi-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.


V09-M 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.

Kasuga Temple LanternThe 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
Price: CHF 1'320.-- Currency Converter

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Enjoy listening to the buddhist Zen Chanting

Koya-San Kasuga Stone LanternPicture from one of the many temples on Mount Koya (Koya-San) in the vicinity of Osaka displaying a Kasuga.

The Kasuga Stone Lanterne is named after the 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.


Kasuga Stone Lantern

V09-L Kasuga Temple Lantern

Elements: 6 pieces
ca. 135 cm
Price: CHF 1'650.? Currency Converter

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Kasuga Stone Lantern Nara Japan

The path to Kasuga Shrine passes through a deer park. In the park, deer are able to roam freely and are believed to be sacred messengers of the Shinto gods that inhabit the shrine and surrounding mountainous terrain.


Shinhentouro Temple Lantern JapanV05 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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V05 125 1'700.--

Shinzentouron Takayama Sakurayama-Hachimangu Shrine

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


J-06 Nuresagi

Nuresagi Stone LanternThis 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 garden path with its light chamber windows directed to the visitor.

Elements: 6 pieces
Height:  ca. 100 cm
Price: CHF 980.? Currency Converter

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Nuresagi Stone Lantern  Korekiyo Memorial Park TokyoThe Takahashi Korekiyo Memorial Park is just a few steps from the Sogetsu Ikebana School in Tokyo. This lovely garden, located directly on the busy Aoyama dori, is worth a visit.

The garden displays one of the rare Nuresagi stone lanterns among many others.


V61 Hokkeji

Hokkeji Stone Lanterntraditional pedestal lantern
square and curved roof 38x38 cm
elegant and slim lantern
rosettes decoration on foot and middle element

Elements: 6 pieces
Height: ca. 94 cm
Price: CHF 900.? Currency Converter


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The Japanese granite lantern "Hokkeji" is impressive in its elegant design. These lanterns are an essential design element in Japanese gardens and give any outdoor space a feeling of calm.


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