The word suiseki is an abbreviation of the term sansui keiseki, which roughly translates as “landscape view stone” or “landscape scenery stone”. Suiseki is an incredibly deep hobby, and allows practitioners to see and feel nature on a scale as large as the entire universe through the viewing of a single stone.
Like the wheels of a car, suiseki and bonsai support and compliment each other, and as the most perfect of the natural arts, suiseki expresses the essence of the Japanese aesthetic.
The appreciation of suiseki opens a mysterious world without limits, in which viewing an excellent landscape stone, sugata-ishi or monyo-seki allows us to feel the wonder and poetry of nature. (Nippon Suiseki Association)
The California Aiseki Kai is holding its 24th annual Viewing Stones Show at the Huntington through January 2nd.
Viewing Stones Show
Through Thursday, Jan. 2nd (closed Wednesday, Jan. 1st), 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Huntington, Botanical Center, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino 91108
All photos courtesy of Aarin Packard at CapitalBonsai.wordpress.com from last year’s show.