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In Japan a tōrō (light tower)is a traditional lantern made of stone, wood, or metal. Like many other elements of Japanese traditional architecture. In Japan, tōrō were originally used only in Buddhist temples, where they lined and illuminated paths. Lit lanterns were then considered an offering to Buddha. During the Heian period (794-1185), however, they started being used also in Shinto shrines and private homes.

Tōrō can be classified in two main types, the tsuri-dōrō, which usually hang from the eaves of a roof, and the dai-dōrō used in gardens and along the approach of a shrine or temple. The two most common types of dai-dōrō are the bronze lantern and the stone lantern, which look like hanging lanterns laid to rest on a pedestal.

In the background we can see the bridge I showed here before.

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