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Japanese style Stone Lantern (ishidoro) is a traditional Asian garden lantern made of granite, basalt, sandstone, wood, or metal. Like many other elements of Japanese traditional architecture, it originated in China where they can still be found in Buddhist temples and Chinese gardens. They were represented to Japan from China via Korea at some time during the 6th century as part of the arriving Buddhist tradition, with the light held in the lamp representing the teachings of the Buddha that help overcome the darkness of ignorance. Stone lanterns are not as common in Korea and Vietnam as they are in China or Japan.

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What is a Japanese garden lantern?

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In Japan, a tōrō (灯籠 / 灯篭, 灯楼, light basket, light tower) is a traditional lantern made of stone, wood, or metal.

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Where are the 2 stone lanterns placed in the garden?

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There are two of these lanterns in the Japanese Garden, one right across from the sacred lotus view and the other near the Koi Bridge. Roji is the way to a Japanese tea garden or tea room.

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What is an Ishidoro?

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Ishidourou (Ishidoro/ Isidoro) is the Japanese word that used for stone lantern. These lanterns are used in combination with rocks, shrubs, trees, fences, and water-basins

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What are Zen lanterns used for?

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Japanese stone lanterns were first used in ancient Shinto shrines, where they served as votive lights. In the sixteenth century, Japanese tea masters incorporated stone lanterns into Buddhist tea gardens to illuminate the path with its rustic beauty and rich light.

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What are some different types of Japanese lanterns?

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Various lanterns were used during these times, such as the Toro, Andon, and Chochin. When visitors gaze at the nightscape of Japan, there are modern neon lighting as well as traditional lamps that visitors immediately think "I'm in Japan" when they see it.

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