Story in the Details

The history of two old stone Buddhist temple lanterns is revealed. Stone lanterns (ishidoro in Japanese) are used in gardens and at temples to provide illumination and as objects of decoration which heighten and refine the garden atmosphere. Ishidoro are perhaps one of the most famous and easily recognized objects of the traditional Japanese outdoor setting. The pair of large stone ishidoro seen in this video stand before the sanctuary of a small Buddhist temple in the mountains of central Japan, dedicated to the Kannon Bodhisattva. The lanterns appear to have been made for this temple though with a little examination we can learn of their true history and pedigree with one of Japans most famous Shinto shrines. Use the link below to see our tour of the shrine where these lanterns came from.


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