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

Nippon Suiseki Association. 2018.

58th Exhibition of Japanese Suiseki Masterpieces.

Nippon Suiseki Association, Tokyo. 72 pp. no ISSN number. 2,000 yen.

The catalog of the 58th  exhibition of Japanese Suiseki masterpieces has just been published by the Nippon Suiseki Association (NSA). This year’s Meihenten, held June 6-10, 2018, consisted of 61 stones, many of which are owned by Japanese stone dealers and members of the board of the NSA. The quality of the stones illustrated is very good. The format is comparable to previous recent volumes with one stone illustrated per page. The last 12 pages are devoted to a summer 2017 display held in 2 different sessions: June 30 – July 12, 2017 and  July 14-26, 2017 at the Omiya Bonsai Museum organized by the NSA.

The Meihenten was the premier stone exhibition in Japan. Since the Japan Suiseki Exhibition began annual exhibitions in 2012 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in February of each year, the number of stones displayed at the Meihenten has been decreasing along with a decline in the number of foreign participants. The 2012 Meihenten catalog illustrated 76 stones, a significant reduction from the 2008 exhibit catalog which illustrated 129 stones.




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