Kimachi Kutsunugi-ishi, Japanese Stepping Stone
Item description - YO05010047
Stepping stones, Tobi-ishi (飛石) in Japanese, are an essential element of the traditional Japanese garden. In contrast to regular garden paths, walking on stepping stones requires more concentration. This has a positive influence on the way in which people experience the garden. Additionally, people cannot walk side by side on a path of stepping stones, eliminating potential distractions. In a tea garden, this also makes sure that people do not arrive at the exact same time at the tea house before the start of the tea ceremony.
Stepping stone paths were introduced by Sen no Rikyū, a very famous historical figure who is regarded as the founder of the tea ceremony. The original idea behind stepping stones was to keep the Zōri, traditional Japanese sandals, clean and dry when walking through the garden.
Kutsunugi-ishi (沓脱石) are wide Japanese stepping stones used to step up from the garden onto a veranda. In ancient Japan, they were often placed in tea gardens so visitors could enter the tea house by stepping up from the garden. Before entering Japanese buildings, especially traditional houses, it is an important custom to remove ones shoes. This can be done while standing on the Kutsunugi-ishi, which in Japanese means: Rock on which shoes are taken off.
Kimachi stone is an authentic type of Japanese sandstone native to Kimachi near Lake Shinji in Matsue city, Shimane prefecture. It is rough in texture and highly absorbent, making plants like moss easily grow on its surface. The stone type is famous for its use in Izumo stone lanterns, that are named after neighboring city Izumo, where they are made.
• Origin: Kimachi, Matsue, Shimane prefecture, Japan
• Material: Kimachi Stone (来待石)
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|YO05010047||59 cm||105 cm||27 cm||€ 750.00|
|EUR: 750.00 ⇒ EUR: 750.00|
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