The Japanese Art of Stone Appreciation: Suiseki and its use with Bonsai

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The Japanese Art of Stone Appreciation is an exploration into the art of suiseki—small, naturally formed stones selected for their shape, balance, simplicity and tranquility.

Written by two leading experts in the field, this concise introduction offers aesthetic guidance and direct practical advice that is a window into traditional Japanese culture. It details the essential characteristics of a high-quality suiseki, describing the various systems of stone classification in this ...

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Overview

The Japanese Art of Stone Appreciation is an exploration into the art of suiseki—small, naturally formed stones selected for their shape, balance, simplicity and tranquility.

Written by two leading experts in the field, this concise introduction offers aesthetic guidance and direct practical advice that is a window into traditional Japanese culture. It details the essential characteristics of a high-quality suiseki, describing the various systems of stone classification in this Japanese art form and explaining how to display a suiseki to its best advantage. There is also a section on incorporating suiseki alongside a bonsai tree, the most popular and rewarding complement to peaceful suiseki miniature landscapes. Sections include:

  • Historical Background
  • Characteristics and Aesthetic Qualities
  • Classification of Suiseki
  • Displaying a Stone
  • Suiseki with Bonsai and Other Related Arts
  • Collecting Suiseki
  • How to Make a Carved Wooden Base
  • Suiseki Classification Systems
  • Glossary and Index
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9784805310137
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/10/2009
  • Series: Tuttle Classics Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Vincent T. Covello has studied the art of suiseki for over twelve years and has lectured extensively on the topic. He is considered by many to be the foremost authority on suiseki in the United States

Yuji Yoshimura is one of the world's leading experts on bonsai, Japanese horticulture and miniature landscapes. He has lectured throughout the world and has published numerous books and articles on bonsai in both Japanese and English.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 4

Acknowledgments 7

Foreword 8

Introduction 13

Chapter 1 Historical Background 15

Chapter 2 Characteristics and Aesthetic Qualities 24

Suggestiveness 25

Subdued Color 26

Balance 27

Wabi, Sabi, Shibui, and Yugen 28

Chapter 3 Classification of Suiseki 31

By Shape 31

By Color 42

By Surface Pattern 42

By Place of Origin 45

Combining Classification Systems 48

Other Classificatory Terms 66

Chapter 4 Displaying the Stone 67

Choosing a Container 67

Creating a Display Area 75

Chapter 5 Suiseki with Bonsai and Other Related Arts 87

General Considerations 87

Rock Plantings 92

Tray Landscapes 101

Keto-Bonkei, Bonseki, and Hako-Niwa 112

Chapter 6 Collecting Suiseki 132

Collections and Exhibitions 132

The Art of Collecting 133

Commercial Markets 135

Valuation 136

Guide to Field Collecting 137

Appendixes

1 How to Make a Carved Wooden Base 142

2 Suiseki Classification Systems 155

Glossary-Index 157

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