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    Glossary Term
    Toro - Japanese Stone Garden Lanterns

    (Also "tourou" and "ishidoro")

    English Definition:
    Japanese stone garden lanterns

    Typically made of granite or syenite, toro are commonly found in the gardens of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. They come in many shapes and sizes, but all contain a hollowed out top piece in which can be placed a candle or oil lamp to be lighted on special occasions. The most famous "ishidoro," which means "stone lanterns," are the 2000 that can be found lining the approach to Nara Prefecture's Kasuga Shrine. Toro are also commonly found in private gardens throughout Japan and the rest of the world.

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