ao-ishi 青石
KEY WORD : architecture / gardens
Lit. blue stone. A generic name for a blue green stone of chlorite schist much used in gardens from the Muromachi period onward. These hard stones usually were used for garden bridges and pavement *shiki-ishi 敷石. Ao-ishi with vertical stripes often were employed as the mirror stones *kagami-ishi 鏡石, used to represent waterfalls in dry gardens *karesansui 枯山水. The best ao-ishi were quarried in the Iyo 伊予, Awa 阿波, Kishuu 紀州, and Chichibu 秩父 regions, and each of these areas lent its name to the ao-ishi produced there.


(C)2001 Japanese Architecture and Art Net Users System. No reproduction or republication without written permission.