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

All Nippon Aiseki Association. 2014.

All Nippon Aiseki Association 30th Anniversary Exhibit in Hokkaido.

143 pages, No ISBN number. 3500 yen when published.

The All Nippon Aiseki Association joined with the Hokkaido Suiseki Federation to stage a grand 30th anniversary exhibition of natural Japanese viewing stones in the Sapporo Citizens Gallery July 4-6, 2014. A total of 95 stones were on display with a preponderance of rocks from the northern province of Hokkaido. The stones were divided into two classes—A and B. Class A stones were given more display space for scrolls, display tables, and other accessories and each stone was given two pages in this volume. One pages was for the entire display, while the second page was a close-up photograph of the stone. The display space for Class B stones was smaller and each stone was allotted just one page in this anniversary publication.

This is a significant publication for several reasons. First, the stones appear to be all natural; they are not enhanced or modified. As a result, no picture-perfect stones were displayed. The quality and diversity of the stones included in this exhibit are excellent. Several of the stones are rugged in appearance, but are convincing suiseki. Secondly, this fine exhibition was planned and staged solely by stone hobbyists. Third, this is a splendid example of a low-cost exhibition that is affordable to many Japanese hobbyists. The quality of the photography is excellent. The text is only in Japanese.

Rating: Excellent, a fine assemblage of natural Japanese stones, mainly from Hokkaido.






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