Stone of the Month 当月赏石 October



This small Tomanu River stone from Hokkaido has a good mountain shape with sloping sides, rough surface texture on the front of the stone, nice dark colors, a high degree of hardness, and a natural unaltered bottom. It shows all of the features of an excellent stone, yet it is only 14.5 cm wide, 3.6 cm high, and 4.5 cm deep. Stones of this size with relatively flat bottoms are also used in the practice of bonseki where landscape scenes are recreated on a black lacquered board with different sizes of tiny stones, sand, and pebbles.

This stone was collected by Yoshida Yukihiro (artist name Yoshida Bonseki) and is held in a beautifully carved base. He named this stone “Kozan” after a mountain in his native village. This is a fine example of the quality and type of stone held by one of Hokkaido's finest collectors.

We invite you to join us in defining the nascent practice of contemporary viewing stone display.

Announcing a New book for 2019:

Viewing Stones: Contemporary Approaches to Display

by authors Thomas Elias, Paul Harris, Richard Turner

This new book intends to serve as an exploration of the fundamentals of contemporary viewing stone display. Examples created by the authors, and contributed by invited collectors, will be used to examine the formal and conceptual aspects of contemporary viewing stone display.

Our plan is to integrate your work with ours and that of the other invited participants in a scheme that lays out the basic elements of contemporary viewing stone display, as we understand them, in a fashion that is accessible to both hobbyists and connoisseurs. Each individual voice will speak for itself.

Submission Period:  May 1, 2018 to December 1, 2018

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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 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.

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Featured Article  专题

Yoshida Bonseki, Hokkaido’s Premier Stone Collector

Hokkaido, the northern-most of the major islands in the Japanese archipelago, is known for its beautiful black Suiseki …

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Featured Book Review 推荐书的评

All Japan Aiseki Association. 2016.

34th All Japan Aiseki Association National and the Hokkaido Suiseki Federation Exhibition.

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New! Contemporary Stone Showcase

This stone is from the workshop of Sakurai Toshio in Yaizu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. He is one of the few remaining artisans who enhance stones to create…

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