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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: bwaynef on August 22, 2010, 09:13 PM

Title: Tokonoma design
Post by: bwaynef on August 22, 2010, 09:13 PM
Does anyone have any links, or care to discuss the important parts of what makes up a successful tokonoma.  I'm particularly interested in the physical aspect of the design, not so much the elements inside (that would constitute the 3-point display).


Thanks,
Title: Re: Tokonoma design
Post by: cbobgo on September 04, 2010, 03:29 PM
Here's some nice pics of tokonomas, but no details as far as measurements or that sort of thing

http://www.japanesearchitect.com/tokonomaset/index.html (http://www.japanesearchitect.com/tokonomaset/index.html)

Here's another, with some good descriptions.

http://www.presentationzen.com/presentationzen/2009/10/tokonoma-and-the-art-of-the-focal-point.html (http://www.presentationzen.com/presentationzen/2009/10/tokonoma-and-the-art-of-the-focal-point.html)

- bob
Title: Re: Tokonoma design
Post by: GastroGnome on October 15, 2010, 12:41 PM
As far as design goes, I know Morita, the Japanese tatami mat maker, has a great site that sells tatami, and
a great little catalog online called "tokonoma alcove" I think, that has takonoma furnishings(shelves, scroll storage, cabinets, ect.). Also very nice shohin display stands.  All is fairly pricey.
There is also a neat little "how to" on constructing a cheap mini-tokonoma at
"parlons bonsai" in French, here it is in English
http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&langpair=fr%7Cen&u=http://www.parlonsbonsai.com/Realisation-d-un-mini-tokonoma-par.html&prev=/translate_s%3Fhl%3Den%26q%3Dhttp://www.parlonsbonsai.com/Realisation-d-un-mini-tokonoma-par.html%26sl%3Den%26tl%3Dfr (http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&langpair=fr%7Cen&u=http://www.parlonsbonsai.com/Realisation-d-un-mini-tokonoma-par.html&prev=/translate_s%3Fhl%3Den%26q%3Dhttp://www.parlonsbonsai.com/Realisation-d-un-mini-tokonoma-par.html%26sl%3Den%26tl%3Dfr)
Title: Re: Tokonoma design
Post by: tanlu on November 07, 2010, 09:11 PM
Isn't that type of pottery called "Tokoname", named after the town in Aichi Prefecture, not "Tokonoma"?

I know for sure that's the town's name and that it's the most famous place in Japan for ceramics. I have one Tokoname teapot from there.
Title: Re: Tokonoma design
Post by: John Kirby on November 08, 2010, 01:19 PM
Tanlu, Tokoname does not equal tokonoma. Might want to google them to see how different they are,  it is an easy mistake when you are getting going in bonsai. John
Title: Re: Tokonoma design
Post by: tanlu on November 10, 2010, 04:50 PM
John,

I did as you suggested and I see they are COMPLETELY different things! My bad, I definitely misunderstood.

But aren't the bonsai pots (ones from Japan) themselves often called "Tokoname bonsai pots"?
Title: Re: Tokonoma design
Post by: rockm on November 11, 2010, 10:44 AM
TokonAme is a city in Japan that produces bonsai pots.

A TokonOme is an alcove were things are displayed Japanese households.

The "o" and the "a" makes a world of difference...