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Lit. tortoise island. A small island made with several stones that express the head, feet and tail of a tortoise. Found in both wet pond and dry pond *kareike ͒r gardens, it is symbolic of longevity and often features in gardens where Mt. Penglai *Houraisan HR is represented. According to ancient legend, Mt. Penglai was borne on the back of a tortoise. The stones representing each part of the tortoise have names: the tail may be indicated with a tail stone *biseki or osaki-ishi , the legs with the leg stones, kikyakuseki Tr, the head with the head stone, kitouseki T, the feet with the foot stones, kisokuseki T, the front fins with the hand stones, kishuseki T and, in a few cases, the carapace with the shell stones, kikkouseki Tb. Usually a pine is planted on the kamejima to indicate the connection with immortality. The kamejima is invariably paired with the crane island *tsurujima ߓ.
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