VSANA Library of Stone Appreciation Books

Book reviews in the VSANA Library of Stone Appreciation are intended to give readers an indication of the wide range of books available, primarily on Asian stone appreciation, but also on Western stones. Additional reviews are added to this site each month. They are presented in the country where they are produced. Unfortunately, some of the books are out of print and difficult to obtain.

The VSANA Library currently consists of three parts—the Featured Book Review of the Month, the VSANA Library, and Buy Books.

• Feature Book Review features monthly one of the more important books published in field of stone


• VSANA library contains over 150 reviews in nine languages. The reviews are intended to give readers

     an indication of the wide range of books available on stone appreciation published globally.

Buy Books is a new feature to guide our readers who may wish to purchase a book from reliable sources.

Featured Book Review

Hori Y., Tatehata K., Araki E. & Sato K. 2013.

Aiseki Dictionary.

Aiseki Company, Tokyo, 174 pages. No ISBN numbers. 6,300 Yen when published.

This dictionary is designed to provide all the information needed to understand suiseki in Japan. Mr. Tatehata Kengo, the chief editor of Aiseki magazine, came up with the idea that the terms/words used in suiseki might not be well explained to new beginners. He asked Mr. Hori Yasuhiro to explain the terms and words used in suiseki, in a series of articles in Aiseki magazine. Then Tatehata realized that a section on suiban and jiita would be important and he asked Mr. Araki Ei’ichi to prepare it. The section of the people important to the development of suiseki was prepared by Mr. Sato Kanseki, a well-known suiseki historian. All together this is a compact but comprehensive dictionary of Aiseki. This is a must-have volume for understanding Japanese Suiseki. The dictionary provides many illustrations to aid in the understanding of many of the terms. It is too bad that the book is only available in the Japanese language. An English translation would be useful.

Rating: Excellent, a valuable reference for Japanese reading audiences.

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