Okimono (置物) is a Japanese term for objects for display in front of religious altars, in a tokonoma, or in other such special spaces for setting objects of appreciation.[1] The term literally translates as "object for placement [on display]".

An okimono may be a small Japanese carving, similar to, but larger than netsuke. Unlike netsuke, which had a specific purpose, okimono were purely decorative and were displayed in the tokonoma. During the Meiji period many okimono were made for export to the west.


  1. Japanese Kōjien dictionary, entry for okimono



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