Floating Lanterns in Japanese Gardens

Floating Lanterns Picture

Stone lanterns were originally introduced from China to Japan over a thousand years ago. The very early hanging lanterns were made of heavy materials such as iron, wood and metal. These hanging lanterns were used primarily to light the doorways to monasteries and temples. As time passed the hanging lanterns were adapted to be used as ornaments in Japanese gardens.

As the popularity of Japanese style gardening has soared of late so has the desire for lanterns to be displayed as feature pieces. The use of hanging lanterns within gardens in Japan was a small but integral part of capturing the essence of Japan. Hanging lanterns were used in traditional gardens to provide a small, ample amount of light to aid the visitor to admire the garden without a bright glare provided by other light forms. Where water features are incorporated into a garden design floating lanterns were used to provide the sensitive light source. Both styles of lanterns; hanging lanterns and floating lanterns bring a sense of serenity within any garden shedding just a dim light to allow someone to admire a garden within it’s true beauty. Japanese style gardening and the use of lanterns has even become apparent at the RHS Flower Shows! The Japanese gardens displayed at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2007 for example display Japanese art styles stimulating the five senses and the water features are designed to reflect the moon as it rises over the water. Thus providing the simple, dim light source in the same way a hanging or floating lantern did all those years ago.

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