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Kimachi Stepping Stone, Japanese Stepping Stone

  • Kimachi Stepping Stone, Japanese Stepping Stone - YO05010005
  • Kimachi Stepping Stone, Japanese Stepping Stone - YO05010005
  • Kimachi Stepping Stone, Japanese Stepping Stone - YO05010005
  • Kimachi Stepping Stone, Japanese Stepping Stone - YO05010005
  • Kimachi Stepping Stone, Japanese Stepping Stone - YO05010005

Item description - YO05010005
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.

This stepping stone can beautifully be applied at the beginning, end, or split of a path of stepping stones. Next to this, it can also function as Mae-ishi, the stepping stone in front of the Chōzubachi in a traditional Tsukubai arrangement.

Kimachi stone is a 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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Model: Length: Width: Height: Price:
YO05010005 45 cm 64 cm 13 cm € 325.00

EUR: 325.00  ⇒  EUR:  325.00

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