Suiseki, the art of stone

Suiseki is an ancient art originating from Japan , which is defined as “the art of looking at stones”. They are stones that imitate landscapes, or animals related to nature.

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The suiseki is a stone that has not been manipulated, of manageable size , that can be picked up with the hands. If the help of a second person were necessary, the size would be excessive.

They are displayed on wooden, ceramic or metal trays. Sometimes they accompany bonsai, although more and more exhibitions are only made of suisekis.


In Japan they are classified according to their origin, but in the West according to their form. The groups so far supported are the following:

  • In the form of a landscape (mountain, rivers, plateau, hillside, cave, shelter,…)
  • In the form of objects or animals (insect, animal, object,…)

In Spain, in 1997, the Spanish Association of Suiseki was founded , a non-profit organization that seeks to promote the art of stone observation, helping to conserve existing collections and attract new people interested in this magnificent art.


It is an art that has more and more followers. So much so that large collections can be found, not only in Japan, but also in the United States, Canada,…

Unlike other techniques originating in Asia, suiseki only requires observation by the interested party. This will also help him feel calmer, calmer, and it is very likely that this will be reflected in his state of mind.

It is, without a doubt, one of the best remedies to combat stress, anxiety or depression that characterize the world today, without medication . Just watching.

Suiseki, the art of stone

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