Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Sekimori-ishi: a stone for keeping away

Daitokuji Temple, Kyoto sightseeing
Daitokuji Temple, Kyoto sightseeing
This is a part of the garden for a tea house.

A little stone is put on a stepping stone.

The little stone means that you don't step forward any more.

This is called Sekimori-ishi in Japanese.
Location by Google Map

14 Comments:

At 11/21/2006 7:40 PM, Blogger Jing said...

a "stop" stone???
mmm...but so nice photos!!!
..Jing

 
At 11/21/2006 8:21 PM, Blogger Lunar Chick said...

how interesting!

 
At 11/21/2006 10:49 PM, Anonymous BrianG said...

Thank you very much for the two pictures of the Sekimori-ishi and the romaji.

I think that the bound stone is beautiful and in harmony with the tea garden. Much more polite that the "NO ENTRY" signs in some western gardens. :-)

 
At 11/22/2006 2:54 AM, Blogger Mimmu said...

This is again so different, very, very nice, but different. But it needs good behaving people and of course they must know meaning of this stone.

Thank you very much for photo link!

 
At 11/22/2006 9:03 AM, Blogger Fay said...

It's always interesting to learn about traditional Japanese culture from your blog. Even I am from China, I didn't know that much about these distinctive traditions exist in Japan! I agree with briang about the "No Entry" sign. I guess it's another example for Asian culture being more subtle...

 
At 11/22/2006 3:56 PM, Anonymous w said...

It would be nice if one day we can universally use such a simple device as the Sekimori-ishi and everybody abides. Very interesting post Macky. Great photos to tell the story!

 
At 11/23/2006 10:32 AM, Anonymous Da Man said...

I wonder what happens when you kick the stone away and enter the garden. Would you be met by a katana sword? :)

 
At 11/23/2006 6:10 PM, Blogger Lachezar said...

Fascinating, thoughtful, beautiful and simple.

 
At 11/23/2006 9:24 PM, Blogger macky said...

Thank you for the comments!!

Da man: When you break the rule, you will be to seppuku! Oh, just kidding:-)

 
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