Suiseki exhibition in Tokyo Japan 2017

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If you have a trip to Tokyo during February, don’t miss out Exhibition of Japanese Suiseki in Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum by Nippon Suiseki Association, Inc. Suiseki is the appreciation of uniquely shaped stones. Suiseki are displayed on a wooden base called a Daiza. Or the stone is then placed on a tray or  a ceramic bowl called Suiban or a bronze bowl called Doban.  The stones are usually chosen because they resemble mountains, waterfalls or figures. The 4th exhibition took place February 10 – 13, 2017, many stones came from Japan, USA, Italia, Malaysia, England, Germany, Czech Republic, Spain Switzerland, Denmark, Viet Nam and China…  Approximately 200 stones are displayed from those entered for consideration at the exhibition. In...

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Map of suiseki collection in VietNam

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Map of suiseki collection in VietNam Starting from Ho Chi Minh city to get National highway 1A and forward Bien Hoa city, a city of Dong Nai province, at Dau Day (Dau Giay – 65km from HCMC.) juntion, turn left to National highway 20 to B’ Lao city, Di Linh town, Đuc Trong district, and Da Lat city. B’ Lao is the first place where we collected silky skin basalt (fine-grained), the best of texture, we can search these in Dai Binh river (pic.1). Vietnamese suiseki collector call suiseki is “da canh” or “da canh nguyen ban” Pic. 1 : Đai Binh river in Loc Son District, Lam Dong province Driving along the road...

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WHERE THE STONE WAS PICKED UP BY VIETNAMESE COLLECTORS?

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Streams, are the places Vietnamese suiseki collector pick up stones as viewing stones. They feel how the stones weathered by water. The natural process maked the stone change their shape so they became attractive, partial outlines as triangle, circles, ovals. Sometime you can see landscape as mountains, human…etc Vietnam has also three main regions as magma, metamorphic and sedimentary. Magma regions: Lam Đong such as Di Linh, Bao Loc, Binh Thuan, Gia Lai, DakLak… Metamorphic: Quang Nam, Quang Ngai… Sedimentary: widely distribute through VietNam. The bazan (black shape stone) is collected from such as Son Dien, Dai Binh in Lam Dong provice; Da Mi, La Da, La Day, Ma Lam in Binh Thuan provice…...

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MAKING A DIAZA OF LUCIANA QUEIROLO

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It lies in my personal conviction that the spirit of the art of suiseki is not linked inextricable to a beautiful stone, which you cannot even have found after a life long of searching, as Matsuura once said. For me, the art of suiseki is, when you reach a total winning concept, when a good stone is presented in symbiosis with a wooden base (daiza), and this in the correct context. A wooden base must elevate a stone in beauty, without dominating it. But it must be made in such way so that it adds dignity and poetry, in such a manner that each stone which has a little potential, formes effortless one whole...

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WHAT IS A SUISEKI IN VIET NAM?

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As you know, “Suiseki” is combined two words “Sui” “Water” and “Seki” “Stone”. In the early 1990s, in Viet Nam, when the opening economy start and when its citizen has not earn for living only, Vietnamese middle class begins to find out hobbies when they are not working such as music, tennis, tour etc…And stone viewing gradually grow and became bigger. The viewing stone collectors called suiseki as “Da Canh” “Đá Cảnh” “Thach Canh” “Thạch Cảnh”. Collectors is called “Ngoan thach nhan”. There are two styles: “Đá Cảnh Nguyên Bản Da Canh Nguyen Ban” The stone weathered by water and wind naturaly, no change in shape by human. “Đá Cảnh Chế Tác” “Da Canh...

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TO BE SENSITIVE TO THE INTEREST IN AN SUISEKI

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A long time ago, since I was a student , maybe that is the first time I travel to Da Lat. Until now, I am fifty and I still can’t forget the feeling I gain from that trip.The feeling of being attached to the beauty of the hills, the greatness of the forest and the charming calm water. The question is: Do you need to study any art school or being an art critic ? Or it’s just our instinct. Whether you are an artist or a normal person in front of a beautiful scenery you’ll feel regret when you have to leave it. Impressively, from that very moment the nature-loving feeling sleeping inside...

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GLOSSARY OF KOREAN SUISEKI TERMINOLOGY

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Korean Suiseki  Bada. Sea (see also hae). Badadol. Stones found along the sea or along beaches. (See also haeseok.) Bae. Oriental pear. Baekupzildol. Stone with surface resembling an oriental pear. Bawikyungseok. This is a stone that resembles a rock on a mountain or at the seaside. Cheomahyungseok. A stone with a shelter or overhang as a major viewing point. Choosangseok. Daepumseok. Daepum means big. This is a large stone more than 45 cm in size. Daezwa. Carved wood stand for display of suseok. Also called Zwadae. Danbong-sanseok. A single peak mountain stone. Danseok. This is a step stone, or a stone usually having two or more level plains. Dhamhyungseok. This is a pond stone....

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GLOSSARY OF CHINESE SUISEKI TERMINOLOGY

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Chinese suiseki Baojing. Surface coating from exposure to air or touching, a mark of antiquity, enhances value of stones Baoshi. Gemstones. Bayinshi. Resonant rocks. (See Lingbi Rocks.) Changhua Stones or rocks found at Changhua, Zhejiang Province. Soapstone. Chou. Ugly, but with a charm and distinction. Dalishi. Marble. Duanshi. Duan stones. Fenglishi or Fonglishi. Stones found in the provinces of Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia and the Gobi desert of Ganxu, display natural wearing action of the desert winds and sand, usually light in color. Gan. Dry surface texture. Gongshi. Scholar rock miniature garden rock displayed and appreciated indoors. Gu. Ancient, appealing, elegant. Guai. Unusual or strange, added favorable connotation of wonderful, special, interesting. (See qi and...

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APPENDIX GENERAL NOTIONS

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Abekawa ishi. Stones found in the Abekawa river, Shizuoka city, Shizuoka prefecture. The Abekawa river starts in Suruga and whose mouth is near Shizuoka. Types of rock found include Ferroaxinite, Garnierite, Serpentine, and Diopside. Aiseki. Stone appreciation. Aka-ishi. Red stones. One type of Japanese stone classification identifies stones by their color rather than shape. Usually used in conjunction with one or more other type of classification. Amagata-ishi. Rain-pattern stones. Amakusa ishi. Stones from the Amakusa Islands. Amayadori. Rain-shelter stones. Stone with an overhang that would offer a traveler refuge from the rain. (See Yadori). Ao-ishi. Blue stones. One type of Japanese stone classification identifies stones by their color rather than shape. Usually used in...

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