I would say that this is a typical, under loved entry way, but the makeover that this homeowner gave to the front of his home is so perfect and inviting and radically improves the curb appeal.
This is a tsukubai (蹲踞) garden. A tsukubai is a small basin provided in Japanese Buddhist temples for visitors to purify themselves by the ritual washing of hands and rinsing of the mouth. I love the idea of putting one at the entry to the home as if to signify the entry into your own private temple retreat.
Tsukubai are usually of stone, and are often provided with a small scoop, laid across the top, ready for use. A supply of water is provided via a bamboo pipe called a kakei.
As another DIY touch, this is indoor “table lamp” was converted for outdoor use with a roof, base and a waterproof switch.
All images by justaninja
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