At home in Melbourne my wife and I tried to create a small Japanese garden in front of our bay-window. The maples are doing well but the concrete stone lantern does not look genuine although its shape is correct. So when I spent a few days in Izumo I found out that an hour's drive away there was a large company which makes Japanese lanterns.
The large variety was mind boggling, but I soon found out that to have a lantern shipped to Australia would cost an arm and a leg, plus the more complex and larger pieces were made guess where? In China of course. I suppose that it's not such a bad thing since the concept of the lantern originally came to Japan from China. However I did find that the stone used in China had a different colouring than that used in Japan. In addition to the points I mentioned, the paperwork involved to have a lantern shipped down under would have put Tolstoy to shame.
Another thing that I found deflating, but in retrospect quite plausible, is that the days of the mason's chisel and hammer were gone (how romantic of me to expect an artisan at work using time consuming methods.)and instead a pneumatic drill/chisel was used.
Before posting this image I trawled through the internet and was amazed how each type of lantern has its own history and significance. I particularly liked the explanation for the squat type with the broad top that you see in the lineup. Trust the Japanese with their love of nature to design a lantern which is enhanced by snow falling on its top- hence a snow- viewing lantern.
Yukimi doro 織部灯籠 - Sometimes called "Snow-viewing Lantern". The exact origins of the Yukimi Stone Lantern are not known for sure, but it is generally thought to be from the Edo period (1600s). It is believed to have been used to mark peninsular landmasses for boaters.
Although “Yukimi” is the Japanese custom of “snow-viewing”, the original Japanese character describing this lantern may have meant ”floating light”.
The customary placement is at the edge of land and water – in the case of a three-legged lantern, one leg on land and the other two in the water. If this lantern were used to indicate the tide, the wide brim would cast light across the water and reflect the light to its base, showing the water level and indicating safe port or landing site for boats.
Like the “snow-viewing” window, this lantern is placed low and is known for its large kasa (roof). It is easy to see how one could appreciate this lantern in the snow, especially with a positiion at the edge of the landscape and the plane of a frozen lake.
Generally, Yukimi doro has a six-sided light box The roof can be anywhere from three to eight-sided or round. It is usually supported by a four-legged base but can have from 3 to 6 legs.
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marcan44 (6223) 2012-09-12 1:00
č curioso come solo in Giappone hai appreso tante notizie sulla lanterna giapponese che volevi per il tuo giardino.
Grande delusione nel vedere che lo scalpello artigianale č stato sostituito dal martello pneumatico e che la pietra proviene dalla Cina.
Mah....cosě va il mondo...!
Lo scatto č molto realistico con una qualitŕ eccellente.
T F S !
Royaldevon (17791) 2012-09-12 1:42
I enjoyed your notes as much as your photograph. Although technology has moved on, nothing seems simple and everything seems expensive!
A great shot showing something that I would never even have thought about! I suppose if he slips with the drill, it will be even more devastating than with a chisel!
A fine, sharp exposure, which gives contextual details to satisfy the curiosity of viewers.
Have a good day,
I suppose you will have to be satisfied with the traditional paper lantern ... which wouldn't survive long in the U.K!
notrap (4690) 2012-09-12 2:58
snow-viewing-lantern, an expression I never heard of but immediatly fell in love with! Romantic! You only need to hear it and images shine up in your mind, white and grey with a warm touch of golden light....
thanks for your excellent note.
macondo (17949) 2012-09-12 4:46
A Tolstoyesque tome? An arm and a leg? I'm not surprised, seeing the size and bulk of these lanterns.
The photo is superbly sharp and very well exposed considering the bright light emerging from behind the subject. The arrangement of the elements is certainly harmonious. Your note is well worth a read, and very informative. Makes such a change from the pathetic one-liners that are all too common.
pajaran (36246) 2012-09-12 4:49
Kod nas i dalje vrucine, kise nema nigde na vidiku.
Vrlo interesantan i dobra tekst, nadam se da ce te napraviti japanski vrt u vasem dvoristu.
Dobar trenutak snimka umetnika koji radi na skulpturi.
Dobra ostrina i kontrast, lepe boje.
lepe skulpture lampi.
Sasa je pokusao da pronadje Branka - Vasa, ali nije uspeo.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-09-12 13:51
a splendid photo with very nice composition and beautiful details, the timing is superb. Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
gus72 (2508) 2012-09-15 0:05
Hi KLaudio !! I really enjoyed reading your note but was left wandering ?? If you got a new lantern for your house ??? even a fake one !!!
the photo is fantastic...... he shows love for his trade
Have a nice week end
wolf38 (28190) 2012-09-24 8:26
Hello Klaudio. A photo from the world of artistic work. Really very vividly. The composition is perfect. Very informative text. My compliments. Best rgds, Wolfgang.
kordinator (13411) 2012-09-28 13:13
Ove boje su zaista uveličale takođe savršenu kompoziciju.
Fotografija je prepuna lepih detalja i stvaraoca istih.
Želim ti svako dobro,dragi prijatelju.
Glint (5573) 2012-10-26 13:40
this is something calming as well as interesting about this. I love the shapes of the lanterns and the photo's colour palette.Very nicely exposed and composed. I read your note with interest and I am especially enthralled by the idea of a snow viewing lantern.
Angshu (51174) 2012-11-06 20:14
Fine note accompanying the picture! In India hammer & chisels still exist & are thriving. I guess it goes with how fine the sculpture artwork is....very fine work, which we find in Indian temples etc have to be done with hammer & chisel, so I understand. I like the array of lanterns on display in the BG...with their size & details no doubt they cost a bomb
fabbs99 (5471) 2012-11-18 21:33
Great shot of the man engaged in sculpture.Nice warm colors in the background.The lighting is also amazing as well as perfect POV too.Very well done.TFS.
kato (6777) 2012-11-29 5:28
Hi dear Klaudio,
I read planning that you build a Japanese garden in your yard, and I understood that you considered being truly fascinated with Japanese traditional culture by you. A stone lantern is seen well in a temple, a shrine, or a Japanese garden. Although a form is also various, a thing with a roof and a window is in use. Probably, predecessors thought that it was useful night also, when attaching the light into the window of a stone lantern. I looked at the traditional handicraftman which create a stone lantern for the first time. It is interesting to shave a stone with an electric drill and to prepare appearance. Have a nice Thursday.