HOW TO SET UP A LANTERN

A short explanation about how to set up a buried type stone lantern by yourselves or by your garden maker - just in case. Be careful not to hurt your back, as it is really heavy.

photo (top) : 'Oribe' style buried lantern, 140cm. 'Kitagiishi' granite, from Okayama
  • STEP 0

    preparation

    You need a shovel, a level gauge and protective clothing. Approximate time required : about 1 - 2 hours. The dimensions and weight shown below are those of this particular toro used here as example. Actual figures may vary.
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  • STEP 1

    Dig a hole

    Dig a hole slightly larger than the diameter of 'sao' (=post). 1 foot (30cm) deep is enough for this tôrô.
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  • STEP 2

    Set 'Sao'

    Set the 'sao' into the hole and tamp down lightly the soild around it with a stick. Make sure the 'sao' is standing upright.
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  • STEP 3

    Place 'Chudai'

    Place 'Chudai' platform on top of the 'sao'. Make sure that it is level from front to back and side to side, using a level gauge.
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  • STEP 4

    Firm the Soil

    When you are confident that 'Chudai' is placed level, Firm the soil around the 'sao' with the stick.
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  • STEP 5

    Position 'Hibukuro'

    Position 'Hibukuro' (= fire box) on 'Chudai' so that the marks on both parts (roughly) match.
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  • STEP 6

    Position 'Kasa'

    Position 'Kasa' (= shade) on 'Hiburuko' so that the marks on both parts (roughly) match.
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  • STEP 7

    Position 'Hoju'

    Position 'Hoju' (= Jewel) on 'Kasa' so that the marks on both parts (roughly) match.
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  • STEP 8

    That's It!

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