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Tokonoma design
« 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).



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Re: Tokonoma design
« Reply #1 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

Here's another, with some good descriptions.

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Re: Tokonoma design
« Reply #2 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


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Re: Tokonoma design
« Reply #3 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.

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Re: Tokonoma design
« Reply #4 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


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Re: Tokonoma design
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2010, 04:50 PM »

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"?


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Re: Tokonoma design
« Reply #6 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.

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