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This stone lantern was made in Okazaki, in the Mikawa region of eastern Aichi Prefecture. Okazaki is known for its stonemasonry industry, which dates back more than 400 years. Stone lanterns and other objects carved out of locally quarried granite (Okazaki granite), such as pagodas and water basins, are found on the grounds of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines and have also become a favorite ornament in gardens. The Okunoin-style lantern shown in the photo is among the typical lantern types and is patterned after a style of lantern particular to the Okunoin (inner sanctuary) of Kasuga Taisha, a shrine in Nara Prefecture. Note the fine detail of the carving for the light compartment and middle platform.
(Photo by Masatsugu Yokoyama; story on page 26)
Aichi Prefecture is located roughly in the middle of the Japanese archipelago and is the nation's top industrial prefecture, being the home of Toyota Motor Corp. and other leading-edge manufacturers. It also has a rich history and cultural tradition that continue to enrich the lives of residents today. A number of large-scale projects are planned to lead the prefecture into the twenty-first century, including the 2005 World Exposition and a new international airport.

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