Kodo Arts lights it up: Fall warehouse sale running through Oct. 13
KNOW & GO
WHAT: Kodo Arts Fall Warehouse
WHERE: Kodo Arts, 571 Searls Ave., Nevada City
WHEN: Oct. 5 through 13, open 10 a.m. 6 p.m. daily.
MORE INFO: 530-478-0812 or visit kodo-arts.com
In old Japan, lighting was not solely for illumination but for atmosphere and ambience. Soft light diffused through Japanese rice paper lined lamps and lanterns created a warm, peaceful room of wabi-sabi and mystery. Kodo Arts Japanese Antiques will feature over 40 antique lanterns and lamps made of stone, wood or metal and lined with rice paper and with an electrical lighting source at their upcoming fall warehouse sale, Oct. 5 through 13.
While it may not seem to be of Japanese origin, the first lantern ever created that traces back to Japanese history is a Chinese lantern made of stone. They were introduced in Japan as a way of honoring Buddha. Soon after, lanterns had become a common lighting fixture not only in temples, but also gardens and homes. In the olden times, when you had a lantern in your house, you were already considered wealthy.
One of the most common types of lantern is the ‘tsuridoro’. Tsuridoro is free hanging. Originally, these lanterns were made out of copper with around four to six sides. They were first made out of copper, bronze or iron to create protection from the rain as they are most commonly placed outside to illuminate corridors. These tsuridoros are usually embellished or designed to showcase the Japanese kamon or crest.
One of the most easily recognized Japanese lanterns is the ‘chochin’ or folding paper lantern usually with a crest, store name or village name painted on it. They have a distinct cylindrical or round shape distinguishing them from other traditional Japanese lanterns. Historical facts state that the origin of chochin, or paper lanterns, date back almost 500 years ago and are still being used in beautiful festivals in Japan such as the Dai-Chochin Matsuri or the Suwa Shrine Lantern Festival commonly celebrated during the 26 and 27 of August to ward away the evil spirits of the sea.
Andons or wooden lamps are the most common and most Japanese of all lanterns and lamps. Either square or hexogonal, lacquered or not, these floor lamps were found in every house in the old days. Lined with rice paper, the diffused light thrown out was romantic and highlighted the shoji sliding doors, furniture and art in the room.
Japanese lanterns are uniquely, symbolically, and deeply rooted in Japanese customs and traditions. These and a selection of old Japanese chests, home décor, ceramics, art, kimonos, garden and more will be on display at the Kodo Arts Fall Warehouse Sale Oct. 5 through 13.
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