- (in Japanese architecture) a shallow alcove for the display of kakemonos or flower arrangements.
Origin of tokonoma
1895–1900; < Japanese, equivalent to toko (raised) floor + -no grammatical particle + ma room
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Examples from the Web for tokonoma
The worst thing I did was to sit in front of the tokonoma when I went in.The Four Corners in Japan
Amy Ella Blanchard
The Emperor, of course, never comes, and so the tokonoma is no more than a name.Peeps at Many Lands: Japan
In this second tokonoma was a pearl-grey vase, and that was all.
At right angles to this wall I can see the Tokonoma recess—a yard deep and two yards long and nearly as high as the room.A Journal from Japan
Marie Carmichael Stopes
Save for the sill of the tokonoma, which was black lacquer, every inch of wood in the place was natural grain without flaw.