Photographer's Note

This photograph is taken on the side of an approach of the Nikkō Tōshō-gū. Moss had grown in the hat of the lantern. There were trees of a japanese cedar with high height in woods in back. The lantern seemed to be palatable somehow, although it seems that the time had passed very much. How for which this lantern is used as practical use still now, I do not know.

A lantern is one of the traditional Japanese lights. Origin carries out an enclosure in a wooden frame, paper, etc. so that the fire of a light may not go out by a wind etc. The strong stone lantern, the copper lantern, etc. are prepared in the outdoors, such as a garden of a temple. A lantern comes across the sea with Buddhistic introduction, and comes to be mostly made from the Nara period(710794) when temple construction prospered, and it is supposed that the priest used many. When it continues till the Heian period(7941185), it will come to be used also as a votive lantern of a shrine. The portable thing specialized with the paper lantern by a paper-covered lamp shade and foldaway what is used indoors after that. When it is called a lantern, the stationary type of the outdoors which exists in shrines and temples etc. Oil and a candle were used as a light source. There are some which are depended on electricity or propane in the present age. There are some which are not practical use like the stone lantern in a Japanese garden, and have become the ornament purpose. At the same time as Buddhism was introduced into Japan at the Asuka period(592710), the lantern descended. Although the many were called the "votive lantern" and were installed in the Buddhist temple (shrines and temples) the first stage, it came to be installed inside the garden for the purpose of appreciation with development of gardening culture.

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