Stone of the Month 当月赏石 September
This large Kamuikotan stone was collected in the Ishikari River reportedly in the Meiji period. It was first used as a garden stone, then later brought indoors for display as a suiskei. There are two rounded, naturally formed depressions in the center of this stone with an overflow channel on the lower right side. Mr. Sugo Minetaka, owner of this stone, felt awed by its tremendous natural power and couldn’t sleep for several nights after acquiring this stone. He is amazed by the work that nature can accomplish.
Sugo named this stone “Daisen,” a Buddhist term for a deep mountain or enchanted land that is a state of enlightenment. His father was a monk with the given name Daisen. This stone was selected as one of the 100 best susieki in Japan and displayed at the 8th World Bonsai Convention held in Saitama City, Japan, April 27-30, 2017. It is an exceptionally fine water pool stone with dark eggplant blue color, very hard, and wonderful surface texture.
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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 Book Review 推荐书的评
All Nippon Aiseki Association 30th Anniversary Exhibit
143 pages, No ISBN number. 3500 yen when published.
The All Nippon Aiseki Association joined with the Hokkaido Suiseki Federation to stage a grand 30th anniversary exhibition of natural Japanese viewing stones in the Sapporo Citizens Gallery July 4-6, 2014.
Featured Article 专题
The Kamuikotan Stones of Hokkaido
The jet black and dark green Kamuikotan stones from Hokkaido province have been well known among Suiseki and garden stone enthusiasts since the Meiji era
New! Contemporary Stone Showcase
It is generally accepted that an accent plant should be much smaller than the stone. Perhaps this is an overly rigid rule.