One of the remarkable aspects of the Japan Suiseki Exhibition is that all of the stones on display were from Japan. This included a number of stones of Japanese origin that returned to Japan for the exhibition. The contributors included some of the better known suiseki enthusiasts outside of Japan – people who have worked hard to promote the art and have contributed greatly to its popularity around the world.
Kamuikotan ishi, “Homeland” – Hideko Metaxas
Sajigawa ishi – Larry and Nina Ragle
Kamogawa beninagashi ishi – Martin Pauli
Tamagawa ishi – William N. Valavanis
Setagawa ishi – Tom Elias
Seigaku ishi – stone and outstanding daiza by Sean L. Smith
Chikuzen maguro ishi – Wil
Touring the exhibit was a treat – I feel lucky to have seen so many great stones in a single venue, and it was great to feel the excitement that was shared by suiseki veterans and casual visitors alike. The event makes it easy to understand the appeal of collecting beautiful and interesting stones. It also makes me excited about future such events.
Neo kikka seki
In addition to stones, the exhibit featured suiseki accessories including figures, scrolls, suiban, doban, and display stands. Their inclusion was a great addition to the exhibit as it gave visitors the opportunity to focus on important suiseki display elements that can be easily overlooked when paired with outstanding stones.
Doban by Harada Houn
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