The Garden Guide

Book: Landscape Gardening in Japan, 1912
Chapter: Chapter 2. Garden Stones

Label Stones Tanzaku-ishi and Girdle Stones Obi-ishi

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Other examples occur in which two long strips of hewn granite called "Label Stones" (Tanzaku-ishi),�after the oblong strips of card on which Japanese verses are written,�are placed parallel to one another and overlapping about two-fifths of their length. These are frequently seen in front of a flower bed. Similar slips, but of great length in proportion to their width, are called "Girdle Stones" (Obi-ishi), after the long, narrow belts used to confine the Japanese robe. Large slabs of wrought granite, of greater height than the above, are employed singly to form a step from the ground to the floor of the verandah, and, in some cases, one of the posts supporting the gallery floor rests on the edge of such stone or is dowelled into it. Plate IV, illustrates these arrangements of hewn "Stepping Stones," and Fig. 12 shows a combination placed in front of a level area of raked sand.