tokonoma


tokonoma
/toh'keuh noh"meuh/, n.
(in Japanese architecture) a shallow alcove for the display of kakemonos or flower arrangements.
[1895-1900; < Japn, equiv. to toko (raised) floor + -no grammatical particle + ma room]

* * *

In a Japanese room, an alcove with a low platform, used for the display of a flower arrangement and hanging scroll or other art objects.

A feature of the shoin-zukuri style, the tokonoma is the focal point and spiritual centre of the interior of almost every traditional Japanese house. It finds its origins in the private altar space of the Zen Buddhist monk, which contained a hanging Buddhist scroll and a narrow wooden table with an incense burner and votive candles.

* * *

      alcove in a Japanese room, used for the display of paintings, pottery, flower arrangements, and other forms of art. Household accessories are removed when not in use so that the tokonoma found in almost every Japanese house, is the focal point of the interior.

      A feature of the shoin architectural style, which originated in the Kamakura period (1192–1333), the tokonoma developed from the private altar ( butsudan) in Zen Buddhist priests' homes. The butsudan consisted of an alcove containing a narrow wooden table with an incense burner, votive candles, and flower vessels placed before a Buddhist scroll hung on the wall. In its adaptation to the Japanese house, it was used exclusively for the display of art objects.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Tokonoma — mit Ikebana und einem hängenden Bildbogen Tokonoma (jap. 床の間) sind ein essenzielles Element der traditionellen japanischen Innenarchitektur. Dabei handelt es sich um kleine ebenerdige oder leicht erhöhte, etwa 50 cm tiefe und 1 2 m breite Nischen …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Tokonoma — contenant une calligraphie et un ikebana Le tokonoma (床の間) est une petite alcôve au plancher surélevé en tatami où l on expose des calligraphies, des estampes sous différents formats, des plantes (ikebana …   Wikipédia en Français

  • tokonoma — [tɔkɔnɔma] n. m. ÉTYM. Attesté XXe; mot japonais. ❖ ♦ Didact. Renfoncement dans la pièce principale d une habitation japonaise traditionnelle, dans lequel on dispose l autel domestique, des objets décoratifs, etc. || Tokonoma garni d un kakemono… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Tokonoma — Tokonoma,   Bildnische mit erhöhtem Boden im japanischen Haus für das Zurschaustellen einzelner Kunstwerke (z. B. Hängerolle, edle Keramik oder Blumengesteck), die der Jahreszeit oder dem jeweiligen Anlass angemessen sind. * * * To|ko|no|ma, das; …   Universal-Lexikon

  • tokonoma — [tō΄kə nō′mə] n. [Jpn < toko, raised floor for flower displays, etc. + no, attributive suffix + ma, space, room] a wall niche in a Japanese home for displaying a kakemono, flowers, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Tokonoma — A Japanese Tokonoma with a hanging scroll and Ikebana …   Wikipedia

  • Tokonoma — Un Tokonoma Japonés con un kakemono sobre la pared y un Ikebana …   Wikipedia Español

  • tokonoma — En una habitación japonesa, un nicho con una plataforma baja, usado para exhibir un arreglo floral y colgar rollos manuscritos u otros objetos de arte. Una característica del estilo shoin zukuri, el tokonoma es el núcleo y el centro espiritual en …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • tokonoma — noun Etymology: Japanese Date: 1871 a niche or alcove in the wall of a Japanese house for the display of a decorative object …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tokonoma — noun A recess in a domestic interior in which a hanging scroll and a flower arrangement is displayed …   Wiktionary


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.