Monday, October 30, 2006

One-two-three pebbles

Shugakuin Imperial Villa, Kyoto, Kyoto sightseeing
Shugakuin Imperial Villa, Kyoto, Kyoto sightseeing
These are called hifumi-ishi, one-two-three pebbles. Some of these red and blue pebbles were put together in three, or others in one or two.

These are, on the whole, regularly put on but irregularly in detail. The mixture of regularity and irregularity is what we call sou(草), one of three styles in Japanese aesthetic.
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At 10/31/2006 12:24 PM, Anonymous w said...

Very interesting. What are the other 2? Thanks.

At 10/31/2006 6:16 PM, Blogger dutchie said...

Is this for outside?

At 11/02/2006 10:51 PM, Blogger macky said...

w: the other 2 is Shin(真) and Gyou(行). Shin is the most formal and Gyou is both formal and informal, and Sou is casual. Compared them to the style of clothes, Shin means black tie, Gyou means business suit and Sou means plain clothes.

dutchie: Yes, it is outside. thanks for your comment!


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