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

Shimazn Mitsuo. 2016.

Akadama, Red Jasper in Sado.

Sado Excellent Stone Association, Sado, Japan. 101 pages. No ISBN. 1000 Yen.

The Sado Island red akadama stones are well-known among collectors of Japanese suiseki. They are admired for their varying shades of dark red color often mixed with black and brown shades. This volume provides readers with a good overview of the discovery and use of this stone that originates on the sixth largest island in Japan. Shimazn describes how akadama was first used to make beads over two thousand years ago. Later, it was used for garden landscape stones, then in more modern times used for indoor ornamental stones—suiseki. He describes both akadama (red jasper), and aodama (green jasper), as fine-grained aggregates of amorphous silica and fine-grained silica minerals with hematite and green clay.

The use of akadama for indoor decorative pieces that have been shaped and polished, and as susieki is well-documented and illustrated in this useful book. There are very few references available for learning about these stones; Akadama, Red Jasper in Sado is the on

Rating: Good, an important general reference for these stones, but it is not a photo album of akadama suiseki.







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