Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
I am in the nightshift (the next five nights) so I don't have a lot of time to write big posts, but of course I will publish every day, maybe sometimes very early or later than I normally do.
Today our prompt is lantern and the first thing which comes in mind is those wonderful Japanese Garden-lanterns, the classical ones as you can see everywhere in Japanese Gardens. So I think I will just leave you all with a wonderful picture of a Japanese Garden lantern. So this episode is a kind of Carpe Diem Imagination. Let the picture inspire you to write an all new haiku ...
|Credits: Stone Garden Lantern (Toro)
In Japan a tōrō (灯籠 or 灯篭, 灯楼 light basket, light tower?) is a traditional lantern made of stone, wood, or metal. Like many other elements of Japanese traditional architecture, it originated in China, however extant specimen in that country are very rare, and in Korea they are not as common as in Japan. In Japan, tōrō were originally used only in Buddhist temples, where they lined and illuminated paths. Lit lanterns were then considered an offering to Buddha. During the Heian period (794-1185), however, they started being used also in Shinto shrines and private homes.
|Credits: Hanging Toro