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Lantern Lit Evening recognised as an Official Event of the Japan-UK Season of Culture

posted 30 Jun 2019, 04:29 by Buddha Maitreya   [ updated 30 Jun 2019, 04:40 ]
We are proud that Pure Land's Lantern Lit Evening Garden is recognised as an Official Event of the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-20.

Pure Land Japanese Garden - lantern-lit evening garden
  • The lantern-lit evening garden honours an ancient and venerable Japanese tradition.
  • In Japan, toro (the traditional lanterns) 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.
  • During the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1568–1600) stone lanterns were popularised by tea masters, who used them as a decoration in their gardens.
  • In the present day, the traditional Japanese lantern-lit evening garden is increasingly rare even within Japan, and Pure Land Japanese Garden is the only place in Europe where one may take part in this beautiful experience.