Japanese Aesthetics and Suiseki


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I was given 20 minutes at our last suiseki club meeting to give a presentation.   My first thought was to give somewhat of a historical overview of stone collecting that started in China and progressed to Japan and then to the US.  However, there was a subject that was to me perhaps more important to discuss and that was the Japanese aesthetic and how it influences the Japanese view of suiseki and other art forms as well.

Often in the US I hear people talk about how the Japanese “see” suiseki.  That always puzzled me since often what I heard from collectors in Japan differed greatly from what I heard Americans convey about their view.  This set me on a quest to try and understand how do the Japanese people really see suiseki or any art for that matter. It lead to a few weeks of research in regards to…

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Suzuki Koji

Suzuki Koji

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For all of us in the small world of suiseki, we lost our good friend Suzuki Koji today. To his family, close friends and many admirers our best wishes go out to all of you.  He will be missed.

We want to take a moment and share our fondest memories of him.

If you have participated in suiseki anywhere in the world you might know his name but most likely you have seen his ubiquitous artist mark found upon hundreds, if not thousands, of daizas.


We still recall turning over a few nice stones to find this mark. At the time, we had no idea who made this daiza but we wanted to know because the workmanship was beautifully done.

We began to do some research and we found a short bio on Koji Suzuki in the book Suiseki-II An Art Created by Nature: The Sen-En-Kyo Collection of Japanese Viewing…

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Kiri-bako for your collectibles


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One of the first things we noticed when obtaining an older, high-quality pot or stone is that it often comes stored in a wooden box.  Known as a kiri-bako, these lightweight but very strong boxes keep things safe and allow for your collection to be stacked when storing them away.

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There are several people in the US that makes these boxes and the wood can be purchased in the US to make your own.  Often when acquiring a pot or stand in Japan, we have kiri-bako made so that the shipment has a better chance of arriving intact.  After shipping several stands to see them broken or destroyed the investment in the kiri-bako became more of a necessity than a luxury.

In our search, we discovered a kiri-bako maker in Osaka, Japan.  Soichiro Kobayashi is a third-generation maker of kiri-bako. On his web site he refers to…

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Bonsai Pot Collection Sales Catalog


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page-1Click the photo to download the catalog.

For the last 20 years, KJ and I have been collecting excellent bonsai pots from Japan and China.  However, the last 7 years we have been concentrating on building our viewing stone collection.  We therefore we have made the decision to sell the majority of our Japanese and Chinese collector bonsai pots.

Our collection contains Yusen, Tofukuji, Isseki, and Kouzan pots from Japan, several very old Chinese antique pots and others.  Most are show/collector quality pots, with a few exceptions.

If you have interest in any of these pots and would like more information or photos, please contact us at the email address listed on the catalog and we will get back with you as quickly as we can.

Thank you for your consideration.

Our best,

Sam and KJ

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