Lantern Minimalism

There is something special about these stone lanterns. I love the look of them. The specific kind photoed below is Oribe-dōrō1. It is said to have been designed by Furuta Shuigenari, often called Furuta Oribe, a retainer of Nobunaga and Hideyoshi2 and student of Sen no Rikyu3, who became known as the top tea master in the country after his teacher’s death.

Shuigenari designed his own version of the tea ceremony and these these lanterns for use at his tea gardens. They give off light pleasantly and are often used to light garden paths. Sometimes you see them with crosses and other Christian symbols on them, in which case they are called Christian Lanterns (Kirishitan-dōrō).


Very often zooming in very tightly on a subject makes it more interesting. That’s what I was going for here, at least. Do you think it worked?

Check out other photos of Stone Lanterns.

  1. oh-ree-beh doh-roe 

  2. The first two of the big three unifiers of Japan. A brief overview

  3. The guy most responsible for the Japanese tea ceremony we all know today. See more at our good friend Wikipedia

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