Monday, December 7, 2009
" Tokonoma " Japanese lifestyle
Tokonoma, also referred to simply as toko, is a Japanese term generally referring to a built-in recessed space in a Japanese style reception room, in which items for artistic appreciation are displayed. In English, tokonoma is usually called alcove.
One big pillar takes tokonoma. This is called daikoku-bashira. It is a meaning called a pillar supporting a house.
The items usually displayed in a tokonoma are calligraphic and/or pictorial scrolls and an arrangement of flowers.
It costs expense to make a show window, a big pillar. Therefore there become few houses having tokonoma.