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

Katayama, I. 1986.

Keido Katayama School Teaching Book. 2.

Suiseki. Katayama School Publishing, 119 pages. No ISBN number. Price when published: not given.

Katayama Ichiu, more than anyone else, influenced the way Suiseki collectors displayed their stones. He established his school Ichiu-kai in 1967 to promote his style of display for bonsai and Suiseki which focuses on a return to traditional methods using tokonoma. In 1986, he published two volumes of teaching books—volume 1, Bonsai and volume 2, Suiseki. This is a photo book that is divided into a preface and five chapters. Each illustration in the chapters is accompanied by brief text that explains each display. The first chapter, Suiseki Tokonoma Display, illustrates a series of different displays.  Chapter two, Suiban, features ceramics trays in displays, while chapter three, Tables, adds attractive and suitable wood display tables to the tokonoma. Chapter four, Jiita, illustrates individual ceramic and metal trays and display tables that are suitable for the Keido school of display. The last chapter, Tenkei (tempai), illustrates how to use figures and small bronze objects (tempai) in displays.

Since this teaching manual uses illustrations rather than lengthy text to show examples of his displays, both volumes are studied in detail by Western bonsai and viewing stone enthusiasts who want to learn how to improve their displays. These two volumes may have been published for distribution to students attending his school.

Rating: Excellent, well-illustrated examples displays following Katayama’s methods.


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