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Suiseki Quiz

Have you heard anything about suiseki?

Suiseki is an incredibly deep hobby and allows practitioners to see and feel nature on a scale as large as the entire universe through the viewing of a single stone. Like the wheels of a car, suiseki and bonsai support and compliment each other, and suiseki expresses the essence of the Japanese aesthetic. However, not all creators or bonsai lovers know or also love suiseki and vice versa.

In general, however, the bonsai lovers know that one of the bonsai styles is “On the Rock” which means a tree or bonsai that lives on a rock, which in this case is a stone that has certain beauty values that are suitable or capable of supporting or unite to showcase the utmost beauty of the natural miniature form.

Let’s explore how unique and beautiful suiseki as a representation of nature.

  • The word suiseki is an abbreviation of the term sansui keiseki, which roughly translates as “landscape view stone” or “landscape scenery stone”.

    • Yes
    • No
  • This art form is derived from

    • Japan
    • China
    • Korea
    • Mongolia
  • Term of the finest masterpieces of suiseki is

    • Ikebana
    • Ryokan
    • Meiseki
    • Kagetsu
  • The history of suiseki in Japan begins during the reign of ___. The first of eight women to take on the role of empress regnant. The small objects were brought to Japan as gifts from the Chinese Imperial court.

    • Empress Genmei
    • Empress Suiko
    • Empress Meishō
    • Empress Go-Sakuramachi
  • The stones are of natural origin. The stones are not allowed to be reshaped, should not be modified and are displayed as found in nature, although in some cases the artist may make a single cut to enhance the proportions and balance of the stone or to have a flat base so they can be placed in harmony.

    • Yes
    • No
  • Suiseki are usually presented in ___ different ways: The stone is provided with a wooden base (Daiza), the stone is placed in a waterproof tray or bowl of ceramic (suiban) and or bronze (Doban).

    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • There are at least ____ basic shapes or forms of suiseki, and the Japanese terminology used to classify them.

    • 5
    • 7
    • 9
    • 12
  • The Japanese expression “Suiseki begins with toyama, and ends with toyama” means that this is the usual starting point for most people who are new to the art. As your appreciation develops, then you will move on to enjoy other shapes and forms. The most common form of suiseki toyama is resembling a

    • mountain stone
    • distant mountain
    • mountain river
  • This suiseki categorized as

    • “Taki” means waterfall, and these are represented by one or more white veins running over the stone’s surface.
    • “shimagata-ishi” have island-like forms, whereas “iwagata-ishi” refer to those resembling seaside cliffs. No
    • Tamari-ishi
  • These are waterpool stones, and the balance and location of the pool is very important with these.

    • tamari-ishi
    • shimagata-ishi
    • danseki
  • These are stones with an open, flat space resembling a plain.

    • danseki
    • doha
    • kuzuya
  • the particular characteristic of these is a terraced or stepped appearance.

    • Doha
    • Danseki
    • Kuzuya
  • Kuzuya stones resemble rustic cottages or lonely thatched huts, and are a favorite of tea ceremony practitioners. An aged appearance is especially sought after in these.

    • Yes
    • No
  • These are suiseki with shapes such as human figures, saints, or animals.

    • Sugata-ishi
    • Monyoseki
    • Kamogawa-ishi
  • The appreciation of suiseki opens a mysterious world without limits, in which viewing an excellent landscape stone. These stones have a specific surface pattern, and the “baika-seki” and “kikka-seki” types shown below are among the more common types.

    • Setagawa-ishiYes
    • Monyoseki
    • Abekawa-ishi

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