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Stone arrangements in Japanese gardens

Arrangement of stones is one of the most important elements when creating a Japanese Garden.

In the oldest preserved manual of Japanese gardening, garden making was called "ishi wo taten koto" - erecting stones. 

Zen gardens with their stone arrangements are usually the first association people have when thinking about Japanese gardens. Reduced colors and little vegetation let the eye rest and calm the mind, giving the garden a peaceful atmosphere.

This eBook will introduce you to the most common stone arrangements in Japanese gardens and teach you the very basics of stone setting in four easy illustrations.



Selecting stones

Stone naming

Introducing Gogyōishi

Stone settings:

Sanzon ishigumi

One stone arrangement

Two stone arrangement

Three stone arrangement

Five stone arrangement

Seven stone arrangement

Shumisen arrangement

Uzumaki arrangement

Cave arrangement

Yodomari arrangement

Shichigosan arrangement

Waterfall types

Island types

Wall types

Setting stones in the garden

12 informative pages, packed with

44 hand-drawn illustrations and photographs of stone arrangements

pdf 13 MB

mobi 15 MB

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  • Size12.5 MB
  • Length12 pages


Stone arrangements in Japanese gardens

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