The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Japanese Stone Lantern
The stone lantern is part of a gift-giving cycle that began in 1912 with Japan's donation of cherry trees. The lantern commemorates the 100th anniversary of Commodore Matthew Perry's historic mission to Japan and stands as a gesture of everlasting peace and friendship. It also represents the concept of healing wounds and moving toward universal understanding.
A Commemoration. Matthew Calbraith Perry, Commodore of the U.S. Navy, opened the doors of trade with Japan, ending the country's 200 year policy of isolationism.
Perry made two treks, first in 1852 and again in 1854, in an effort to secure safe entry of American vessels to Japanese
Lighting the Way. The National Park Service and the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS) have conducted the Lantern Ceremony since 1954. Every year, the lantern is lit by the Embassy of Japan's appointed Cherry Blossom Princess.
The audience will count down from five, and like the Olympic torch, the lantern is lit in an exciting traditional event that signals the arrival of spring and represents one of the most beautiful times in the Nation's Capital.
Erected by National Mall and Memorial Parks, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. Marker has been confirmed missing. It was likely located near 38° 53.211′ N, 77° 2.473′ W. Marker was in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker was on Independence Avenue east of West Basin Drive, SW, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker was in this post office area: Washington DC 20037, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location A Symbol of International Friendship (here, next to this marker); Japanese Stone Lantern - Lighting the Way (here, next to this marker); Japanese Pagoda (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); The First Japanese Cherry Trees (within shouting distance of this marker); John Paul Jones Memorial (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); District of Columbia World War Memorial (about 700 feet away but has been reported missing); District of Columbia War Memorial (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named John Paul Jones Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in The National Mall.
Regarding Japanese Stone Lantern. This marker was replaced by "A Symbol of International Friendship" marker.
Also see . . . Western Intrusions and the end of the Tokugawa Rule. (Submitted on April 3, 2006.)
1. Anatomy of a Stone Lantern ~ ishidourou
A diagram on the marker describes each part of the stone lantern. From top to bottom:
houju — A sacred gem believed to possess the power to banish evil, cleanse corruption and satisfy wishes.
kasa — Acts as an umbrella
hiburkuro — Where the fire is lit. It is hexagonal and imaginative, with the full and crescent phases of the moon on the light openings.
chuudal — Middle base of lantern. Hexagonal with an inverted lotus forming the lower part.
sao — The shaft of the stone lantern that is set on a base and supports the entire lantern. The lantern bears an inscription written in Japanese on the side facing the water.
kiso — The base of a stone lantern.
kidan — The platform or podium.
— Submitted April 2, 2006.
Categories. • Peace • War, World II •
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