Shrine Lanterns (Seido-Toro)
Japanese Iron Lantern History
Japanese shrine or temple lanterns or "Seido-Toro" first introduced into Japan during the Nara period (710-794) from China. The early lanterns were made of bronze and were primarily used for Buddhist worship.
In Japan the native Shinto religion soon adopted the lanterns for ceremonies that were often held at night, the flicker of candlelight creating a beautiful effect, they were used until the 16th century, and later hanging lanterns were used in Japanese temples and shrines often for ornamental rather than functional purposes.
They were hung outside usually at each of the four corners of the building or used to light doorways.
Later with the refinement of the Japanese tea ceremony, hanging lanterns came into private use where they were hung under eaves of homes, in Japan many lanterns may be seen hanging in large numbers from the eaves of temples
Our high quality lanterns are made in Japan and can be use to grace your home both inside or out, and will create that subtle atmosphere of Japan whether hung from the eves, in the garden or patio.
All our shrine lanterns with wind bells cannot be illuminated and are only for decorative purposes.