tokonoma

noun
to·​ko·​no·​ma | \ˌtō-kə-ˈnō-mə \

Definition of tokonoma 

: a niche or alcove in the wall of a Japanese house for the display of a decorative object

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The 34 Japanese-style rooms are archetypal of such establishments: tatami mat floors, low tables with legless chairs, an ornamental alcove (tokonoma), and sliding shoji screens characterize the accommodations. Christina Liao, Vogue, "6 of the Most Luxurious Ryokans in Japan," 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of tokonoma

1871, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tokonoma

Japanese

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