" and "ishidoro
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
are also commonly found in private gardens throughout
Japan and the rest of the world.
Click here to see Toro
the master craftsman, Ikeda-san.