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 Post subject: My day in Kyoto with Imanishi-san and Takeda-san
PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 4:43 pm 
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My day in Kyoto was a blast. I met Takeda in the train station since we both traveled from different directions and Mr. Imanishi picked us up there and took us to his shop.

When I was at Mr. Imanishi's shop with Takeda we decided to go into his basement and poke around. I grabbed one stone that was wrapped in newspaper and asked Takeda if he could tell me the date and he told me 1974. :) Mr. Imanishi said that most of his remaining stock was mined at that time.

Anyway, we pulled out some cool stuff. There were some huge natural stones wrapped in blankets that we pulled out. These are not going into our garden but they were super cool. Take a look. This is an oozuku. Most likely the largest one on the planet.

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 Post subject: Re: My day in Kyoto with Imanishi-san and Takeda-san
PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 4:48 pm 
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The entire basement was filled with stones like you see behind us here. Takeda said that the first time he visited the shop about 30 years ago the basement was full and about eye high. Imanishi's mine has been closed for a very long time so no more have come in for decades.



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 Post subject: Re: My day in Kyoto with Imanishi-san and Takeda-san
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I'm glad he's paced hisself to disseminate his treasures throughout the decades.



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 Post subject: Re: My day in Kyoto with Imanishi-san and Takeda-san
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I didn't think it was possible, Mark, but you won this hobby. That's an amazing picture.


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 Post subject: Re: My day in Kyoto with Imanishi-san and Takeda-san
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Here's my new lawn ornament. It's floating over from Japan with a bunch of stones....

I'll show you when we get it planted.
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 Post subject: Re: My day in Kyoto with Imanishi-san and Takeda-san
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Later that day we went to one of the most famous zen gardens in the world. The name is Ryōan-ji garden and is considered one of the best surviving examples of kare-sansui or dry landscape.

I've seen pictures of this garden for years and it's kind of surreal walking in and having it in front of you.

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 Post subject: Re: My day in Kyoto with Imanishi-san and Takeda-san
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Here I am with my friend Imanishi-san getting rained on in the garden. He said he used to play in this park when he was a little boy. Lots of school kids were visiting and I think this is a popular
field trip for kids all around Kyoto.

Takeda and I were looking at the stones in this walkway and some of them looked like Nakayama stones. Mr. Imanishi was not convinced... :)

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 Post subject: Re: My day in Kyoto with Imanishi-san and Takeda-san
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The garden thing is off topic but I'm into them. I love visiting gardens of all kinds and try to sneak in visits whenever I'm away. I'm especially fond of Japanese gardens.

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 Post subject: Re: My day in Kyoto with Imanishi-san and Takeda-san
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That night I invited Kosuke (from Konosuke) up to have dinner with us and the 4 of us went to a fantastic little place for dinner in Gion. Here
was 1 of about 15 courses we were served. Great food and many beers. :)

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