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June 2017 Program

Leo Cloutier presented an intriguing program about rocks of the orient and the practice of Suiseki.

He had several samples to show and some books to peruse.


He gave some of the history of both the Chinese and Japanese practices of using these rock displays in their personal lives.


The practice began in China 2000 years ago, and the Japanese began in the 6th century.

Stones that are shaped like mountain peaks with flat bottoms are preferable.


The stones may be mounted, or placed on a base (diaza) or a tray (suiban) with sand or water.


The practice has spread around the world, and there are many variations on the art.

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