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Traversing the elements
Stepping stones, Fumi-ishi (踏み石) in Japanese, have a very intriguing psychological background. Opposite from regular garden paths, walking on stepping stones over gravel, grass or even water asks more concentration of the gardens visitors. This influences the way in which they experience the garden and their surroundings in general. Additionally, when walking over stepping stones visitors cannot walk side by side, eliminating a form of distraction. When walking 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 tea master Sen no Rikyū (千利休), a very famous historical figure. The original idea behind the stepping stones was to keep the Zōri, Japanese sandals, clean and dry when walking through the garden. The perfect height of a stepping stone has always been a historical point of discussion. Sen no Rikyū preferred a high of 6 centimeters, while other tea master such as Furuta Oribe and Kobori Enshū preferred 5 centimeters and 3 centimeters respectively.
Repurposing old materials
Old materials, especially stones, are often reused in the Japanese garden. For example, milling stones that were once used to grind rice or grain are repurposed as highly authentic stepping stones in a Japanese garden. Giving new life to old materials in this way perfectly fits the philosophical concept of Wabi-Sabi.
The most authentic Japanese stepping stones for sale
Our Japanese garden center is unique outside of Japan and we would be happy to invite you for a visit! We have a wide range of original Japanese ornaments, rocks, decorations, plants and trees in our collection. Yokoso Japanese Gardens is the perfect place to find the ideal authentic Japanese stepping stones for your Japanese garden. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if you want to make an appointment.
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Please be advised that Yokoso Japanese Gardens can also assist in the search for, purchase or lease of authentic Japanese stepping stones and ornaments for you. Products that you won't be able to find on our website can, most likely, be ordered. Please use our contact form. Provide a clear description of the desired product and a reference to a picture on the internet and we will try to find the product for you.
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