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 Japan Aiseki Association. 2016.

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

Tokyo. 32 pages, No ISBN number. 1000 Yen when published.

This is the catalog of the joint exhibition of the Suiseki clubs in Hokkaido and the national exhibition All Japan Aiseki Association held every other year in Sapporo. A total of 90 stones were exhibited in 2016. The catalog is a valuable record of each stone displayed, together with a few photographs of the exhibit scenes and a group photograph of the exhibitors. This is one of the largest exhibitions organized by hobbyists belonging to this association. The majority of the stones on display are from Hokkaido.

Due to limited finances, either two or four stones are shown per page. Even with that, the photographs are sharp, crisp and show considerable detail of each stone. Unfortunately, this recent publication may already be out of print and difficult to find

Rating: Very Good, important documentation of this major event.





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