Japanese Art of Suiseki

Japanese Art of Suiseki

Literally Suiseki in japanese means stone and water, seki and sui. Suiseki is also a Japanese word that refers to a small stone with its shapes and colors that brings reminiscents of a landscape or a natural object (animal, person, etc..). Some experts believe that the art of Suiseki comes from the japanese expression Sansui kei-seki: Scenic landscape stones. A major category of Suiseki. Stones in this category suggest natural aspects of nature.

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The suiseki is a stone without any manipulation that recalls a landscape. In modern times a suiseki may refer as well to stones adopting shapes of object or animals refering to nature.

Generally the size of a suiseki should be that one tjat allows easy transport, but in China you can see huge stones that need to move with a crane.

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One reference to be considered about susisekis is that of Vivent T. Covello´s book “The Japanese art of looking stones”. Covello and Yuji Yoshimura argue that Sen no Rikyu himself (1522 – 1591) Master of the Tea Ceremony who laid the foundations and rules for this art was very interested in landscape stones suiseki or consolidating precisely the habit of exposing a suiseki in tokonoma during tea ceremony, laying a single stone on a black tray top edge in the center of the tokonoma.

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The most important collections live in Japan, China and Korea although in the twentieth century have begun to create some important collections in Germany, USA, Spain, Italy, United Kingdom and Czech Republic.

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This post serves as an introduction to the III Suiseky Exhibition of Spain 2011 celebrated in Alcobendas Madrid under the auspices of the Ayuntamiento de Alcobendas, Asociación Española de Suiseky with Mr. José Manuel Blazquez as President, Japan Foundation and the Embassy of Japan in Madrid Spain.

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In following posts I will present photo of all the Suisekis of the III Suiseky Exhibition of Spain 2011 with their titles, authors and some creative photographic visions of this beautiful landscape stones.

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Thanks to Mr. Jose Manuel Blazquez for his permission to photograph and kindness during the exhibition.

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