A Japanese vintage iron and glass Tsuridourou Tōrō or hanging lantern and dating to the latter Showa period of 1926 to 1989 as a modern representation of a supplier of light from one of the first country known to use lanterns. The first lantern that was ever created and traces back to Japanese history is a Chinese lantern made of stone. Lanterns soon have become and are a common lighting fixture not only in temples but also gardens and homes. In the olden times, when you have a lantern in your house, you were already considered wealthy. Today Japanese lanterns are made in all shapes and sizes and various materials. the most ornate made for the temple, and those of 19th century and prior.
This iron and glass Tōrō small size would work well as a table top lantern or along with other decorative and practical Tsuridourou Tōrō and carrierd by the handle. In iron is forged a nice crisscross pattern on each rectangle side. The walls are glass are all the way around. .The entire top opens and serves as a lid to replace the candle or 'waousuko'. A decorative finial also serves for venting. It is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips at about 20-30 years old.
Size: 3 inches or [7.5 cm Square, Height 3.1 inches or 8 cm. Weight 11.6 oz or 330 grams
Tsuridourou: The traditional Japanese hanging lantern
A tsuridourou is a variation of the ishidouru. The ishidouru is attached to the land an Instead of it being attached to the land, a tsuridourou is free hanging. Originally, these lanterns were made out of copper with around four to six sides. They were first made out of copper, bronze or iron to create protection from the rain as they are most commonly placed outside to illuminate corridors. These tsuridourous are usually embellished or designed to showcase the Japanese kamon or crest. Nowadays, however, many tsuridourou are created out of paper materials, glue and bamboo. They are used in one of Japan’s oldest traditions known as the” toro nagashi” where participants basically place paper lanterns down on a river to allow them to go with the flow of the river on the last evening of the Bon Festival. This tradition has existed in Japan for years. This tradition is held on the belief that through these floating lanterns, spirits are provided with guidance and direction as they move out of the physical world to journey into the spiritual.
Due to its sudden growth and popularity over the years, Japanese lanterns rapidly grow and become more distinct and different from its Chinese counterparts. Originally, these lanterns were made out of copper with around four to six sides. They were first made out of copper, bronze or iron to create protection from the rain as they are most commonly placed outside to illuminate corridors. These tsuridourous are usually embellished or designed to showcase the Japanese kamon or crest.
Andon: Modern Japanese Lanterns
Japanese lanterns continue to evolve as the years go by. Traditional lanterns are not given a more modern vibe through the introduction of andons which are now commonly used to decorate hotels, restaurants, gardens and other similar places. They are uniquely distinguished from typical Japanese lanterns as they are made in the shape of a tetrahedron and commonly found on the ground. Traditional Japanese lanterns are uniquely, symbolically, and deeply rooted in Japanese customs and traditions alone.
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