Stone lanterns

Modern Master Craftsman: Masutami Suda


Mr Masutami Suda has devoted his life as a stone mason.

His dedication and excellent works are widely respected, his stone lantern was selected as a celebration gift for the previous emperor’s wedding and he was later honourably recognized as a “Contemporary Master Craftsman” by the Japanese government.

In Japan, the toro were originally used only in Buddhist temples, where they lined and illuminated paths. Lit lanterns were then considered an offering to Buddha.

During the 16th century, stone lanterns were popularized by tea masters, who used them as a decoration in their gardens.

In modern gardens, they have a purely ornamental function and are laid along paths, near water, or next to a building.

All products are made-to-order.

They are recommended for outdoor/garden use.

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