The Garden Guide

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

Principal guest stones

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The principal stones of the "Guests' Isle" are:� "Guest-honouring Stone" (Kiakuhai-seki),�intended as a resting place for an important visitor. "Interviewing Stone" (Taimen-seki), also called the "Stone of Obeisance" (Hai-seki),�a flat stone located in front of the "Guest-honouring Stone," and on which the host stands to salute his visitors. "Shoe-removing Stone" (Ridatsu-seki) or (Kulsunugi-ishi),�on which the clogs or sandals are placed. "Sea-gull-resting Stone" (Oshuku-seki),�mentioned previously as being placed on the banks of lakes, but also introduced into the "Guests Isle." "Water-fowl Rock" (Suicho-seki),�supposed to be for water-fowl to rest upon. Another important stone placed on either the "Master's Isle," or "Guest's Isle," and which is sometimes introduced into other parts of the garden, is called the "Seat-of-honor Stone" (Jaza-seki). It takes the place of the "Guest-honouring Stone," and tradition avers that it represents a rock near a sacred tree in India, an idea which requires that a fine old tree should be planted close by.