A type of legless lantern composed of parts from the platform up. Its name comes from the resemblance of its lamp housing to a temari (traditional ball of wound thread). It was popular in the Edo period, and the one at Jōjuin of Kiyomizudera temple in Kyoto is famous.
Japanese Garden Dictionary: A Glossary for Japanese Gardens and Their History
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