(in Japanese architecture) a shallow alcove for the display of kakemonos or flower arrangements.
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How to use tokonoma in a sentence
The third wall, a solid one of smoke-blue plaster, held the niche called "tokonoma," where pictures are hung and flower vases set.The Dragon Painter | Mary McNeil Fenollosa
Kano sat as she had left him, motionless, now, as the white jade vase within the tokonoma.The Dragon Painter | Mary McNeil Fenollosa
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
In her tokonoma she had just hung up a Japanese painting representing a moonlight scene.Lafcadio Hearn | Nina H. Kennard
In a Japanese room the timber upright alongside the tokonoma is always a tree trunk in the rough.The Foundations of Japan | J.W. Robertson Scott