(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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tokonoma

Historical Examples of 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.

  • In this second tokonoma was a pearl-grey vase, and that was all.

    From Sea to Sea

    Rudyard Kipling

  • 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.

    From Sea to Sea

    Rudyard Kipling