The Home: Lanterns for Landscapers

Aboard the Japanese freighter Oshima Maru, which left Yokohama last week, were two stone garden lanterns on their way to Hyannisport, Mass. The lanterns —one a three-ton, nine-foot model called kasuga, the other a one-ton, four-footer called yukimi ("snow-viewing" lantern)—are a present for President Kennedy from Professor Gunji Honoso, silver-haired international law expert at Tokyo's Aoyama Gakuin University, who got to know the President back in the days when Kennedy was a junketing Senator. Cost of both lanterns: $1,250.

Stone lanterns, part of the current boom in all things Japanese, are popping up like granite mushrooms in thousands of U.S. gardens,...

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