VALLEY STONES. The following stones are suitable for the low and level parts of gardens, such as valleys, plains, and pathways:ï¿½ "Stones of the Two Gods" (Nijin-seki or Ni-O-seki),ï¿½a pair of similar Standing Stones intended to represent the guardian deities of the site, and arranged in the flat portion of a garden, near the entrance, just as two statues of Buddhist Devas are placed in the entrance gates of temples. Formerly, the ceremony of erecting these stones in position constituted a sort of dedication of the garden. They were washed perfectly clean, and rice and wine were placed before them. "Stones of the Three Gods" (Sanjin-seki),ï¿½three vertical rocks sometimes used in combination instead of the above. "Stone of Worship" (Reihai-seki or Hai-seki),ï¿½generally placed near a sacred stone such as the "Stone of the Two Deities," and at some point in the front of a garden, to form a station from which the best view may be obtained. It is a broad, flat stone upon which one stands in a posture of veneration. "Waiting Stone" (Hikae-seki),ï¿½the name given to a Standing Stone, more or less conical in shape, placed in the foreground of the garden. "View-receiving Stone" (Shozo-seki),ï¿½the meaning of which term is not quite clear. It probably indicates a point from which the finest prospect of the garden can be had. "View-completing Stone" (Tailo-seki),ï¿½probably referring to the importance of this stone in the distant view. "Distancing Rock" (Mikoski-iwa),ï¿½a rock partly hidden behind a hill, or placed in some shady part of the background, and intended to increase the idea of distance in a garden. "Peeping Stone" (Nozoki-ishi),ï¿½a stone screened partially from view by shrubs and trees. "Wine Cup Stone" (Sakazuki-ishi),ï¿½so named from its supposed resemblance in shape to a Japanese wine cup. "Way-side Stone" (Dokio-seki),ï¿½situated on the side of a real or imaginary pathway, and suitable for resting upon. "Passing-on Stone" (Koro-seki),ï¿½placed at the side of a walk, like a milestone; it should be a vertical stone, unsuitable as a seat, and contrasting in character with the "Way-side Stone."