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The first written guide on Japanese landscaping, the Sakuteiki, describes creating gardens as: Ishi wo taten koto (石を立てん事). This translates to setting stones upright, a description that greatly emphasizes the importance of these elements within the Japanese garden.
Traditionally applying ornamental rocks, Niwaishi (庭石) in Japanese, forms the basis of practically every Japanese garden. The setting of stones is always the first step, after which the garden is formed together with all the other elements surrounding it.
An authentic Japanese garden needs to evoke a certain natural essence. Rocks and stones play a significant role regarding this principle as they are pure elements, taken straight from nature.
Shikoku stones, also known as Iyo stones, are very valuable and full of character. The stone type is seen as national cultural heritage by the Japanese government, making export very difficult. Thanks to the strong bond we share with our Japanese partners, we are able to offer these mesmerizing blue-green stones in our collection. Stones as they are only found in Japan.
• Origin: Ehime Prefecture, Shikoku, Japan
• Material: Shikoku Stone (四国石) / Iyo Stone (伊予石)