Stone arrangement in the Japanese garden(庭石 石組み 景石)

The 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.

  • Introduction
  • 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 14 MB  

The eBook is delivered as PDF.

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Customer’s Voice

I bought your very thorough leaflet on stone arrangement. It contained information I haven't found in numerous other books on Japanese gardens I have bought.


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