Stone of the Month 当月赏石  May


“Last Flower of Autumn”


Naturally occurring Neo Valley Chrysanthemum stones are very rare. The radiating three dimensional calcite crystals of “Last Flower of Autumn” form an attractive pattern and the contrast between the “flower-like” mineral formations and the color of the matrix stone is excellent. The stone—14.5 cm wide, 13.5 cm high, and 8 cm deep—has a slightly rough texture over most its surface, and does not appear to have been polished or worked. There is a second less well defined “flower” on the reverse side of the stone.

The stone originated in Neo Valley in Gifu Prefecture; however, the exact date of its collection is unknown. It was acquired in the early 1980s by George Yamaguchi, a bonsai nurseryman in West Los Angeles and sold to Ralph Johnson in 1987. This was Johnson’s first chrysanthemum stone. It remained in his collection until April 21, 2011 when he presented this stone to Tom Elias.



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Featured Article

Japanese Chrysanthemum Flower Stones 日本の菊花石  Part 2.

The first Japanese chrysanthemum flower stones collected before 1940 were primarily from river beds and stream banks in Neo Valley and appreciated for their subtle beauty. There were a limited number of these stones. From the 1960s onward, small- to medium-sized boulders were taken from several mines in Neo Valley. Most of these had to have some of the matrix stone removed and then polished to expose the three dimensional mineral formations embedded in the stones. These were more abundant and could meet the growing domestic demand for these stones.

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Featured Book Review

Yoshida B. 2014.

Beauty and Heart of Stones (Ishi-no-bi-to-kokoro) Aiseki-sha.

Tokyo. 136 pp. No ISBN number. 3200 Yen when published.

This important new book on Japanese stones  has been largely overlooked. Beauty of Heart and Stones is not a typical book featuring landscape stones; instead, it focuses solely on truly natural Kamuikotan stones from Hokkaido. In the first half of this book, the author includes 31 stones that he considers to be art objects. Each stone is illustrated from several angles?, accompanied by one or two close-up photographs of the distinguishing features. Yoshida provides text with each stone and provides his opinion about each stone.

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March 2016

BCI convention held in Quezon City, March 17-20, 2016

VSANA chairman, Tom Elias, and his wife, Hiromi Nakaoji, participated in the BCI convention held in Quezon City, March 17-20, 2016. This was organized by the Philippine Bonsai Society (PBS) who staged an excellent exhibition of bonsai and viewing stones. Tom served as a judge for the PBS and presented an illustrated lecture The Beauty of Japanese Suiseki.


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