Stone of the Month 当月赏石 August
This beautiful yet mysterious little stone with an exquisite base had been hidden in its storage box for many years until it reappeared in a private collection in Hokkaido this summer. It was given the name “Kouko-san” possibly after a mountain in Korea, although the stone appears to be Japanese in origin. Based on the information provided on the old storage box (kiri-bako), as well as the stone’s patina, it appears that the stone has been a Suiseki for nearly 100 years. The calligraphy on the front outside panel of the box is translated “Kouko-san,” although the two red characters are not clear enough to translate. The writing on the bottom of the box states “March Taisho 11 Peace Exposition.” This refers to the The Tokyo Peace Exhibition held in Ueno Park, Tokyo from March 10—July 31, 1922 to celebrate the ending of World War I. The third line of text was probably intentionally obscured by the owner for reasons we cannot know. It is very rare to find a small stone in a storage box with writing. The box is the appropriate dimensions for this stone and appears to be the original box rather that a recycled one. The original owner of this stone and the person who made the base and box remain unknown for now. We also do not know at this point if the stone was actually displayed in this exhibition that celebrated the ending of World War I, and if so, was that the reason the owner named the stone the “Kouko-san.” The features of this stone and information from the storage box adds interest and value to this stone. Unraveling the history and provenance of a stone is part of the joy of stone appreciation. “Kouko-san” measures just 5.8 x 2.5 x 2.1 cm and is now in the collection of Tom Elias and Hiromi Nakaoji.
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Viewing Stones: Contemporary Approaches to Display
by authors Thomas Elias, Paul Harris, Richard Turner
This new book intends to serve as an exploration of the fundamentals of contemporary viewing stone display. Examples created by the authors, and contributed by invited collectors, will be used to examine the formal and conceptual aspects of contemporary viewing stone display.
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Welcome to our New “Classroom!”
This section provides an opportunity to learn more about stone appreciation through the use of our new videos and published articles. The Classroom also contains useful information for stone enthusiasts starting with a Guide to Stone Markets and Shops in China and Japan. Each month, additional videos, articles and other information will be available to help people along on their path to becoming stone connoisseurs.
Featured Article 专题
The Combined 38th All Japan Aiseki Association National Exhibition and the 2018 Hokkaido Suiseki Federation Exhibition.
The 38th All Japan Aiseki Association held their annual national exhibition together with the 6th Hokkaido Suisaeki Federation at the Citizen’s Gallery in Sapporo, Japan from June 29 - July 1, 2018.
Featured Book Review 推荐书的评
58th Exhibition of Japanese Suiseki Masterpieces
Nippon Suiseki Association, Tokyo.
The catalog of the 58th exhibition of Japanese Suiseki masterpieces has just been published by the Nippon Suiseki Association (NSA).
New! Contemporary Stone Showcase
(Blue Tiger Stone)
This beautiful light green stone [or stone with a light green cast] owned by Takiyama Norio originates from the Koutaro region of southern Hokkaido.