Stone of the Month 当月赏石 January

“Japanese Furuya Stone”


This small rugged Furuya stone was collected approximately 50 years ago in Wakayama prefecture. The small tunnel on the left side of the stone is reminiscent of a coastal scene. The beautifully detailed base was made by the late Tanimoto Hyakusui, one of the finest base carvers for Furuya stones.

This stone was in the personal collection of the late physician, Dr. Matsuyama Tomonaka for many years. Thus, the provenance of this stone has some historical interest and adds to its value. This stone is 14 cm wide, 7.5 cm high, and 7.5 cm deep without the base.


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Classroom  课堂

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 in China. Each month, additional videos, articles and other information will be available to help people along on their path to becoming stone connoisseurs.

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Featured Article  专题

 Japanese Furuya Stones

Furuya stones are one of the more important types collected and appreciated by Japanese stone connoisseurs because this is one of a few stone types deeply rooted in the history and culture of their native region where they occur.

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Featured Book Review 推荐书的评

Tanimoto, H & Murata Keiji. 1969.

Furuya Famous Stones, Comprehensive Illustrations.


Juseki-sha, Tokyo. 151 pages, No. ISBN. 4000 Yen when published.

This is the must-have book for suiseki hobbyists who would like to learn about Furuya stones.

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News 新闻

October 26-30, 2016

Golden State Bonsai Federation Convention

VSANA participated in the recent Golden State Bonsai Federation convention in Sacramento, California.  Six attractive Japanese suiseki were displayed in the exhibit at this meeting.

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