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Kanoko-ishi ( 鹿の子石 )

Kanoko-ishi ( 鹿の子石 ) in Japan

Kanoko-ishi ( 鹿の子石 ) is one of Tsugaru Nishiki-ishi which is found from Tsugaru region located in the northwestern portion of Honshu, the largest island of Japan.

Kanoko-ishi has a white-spotted pattern like the back of the fawn. Actually, the name of Kanoko means fawn and also a white-spotted pattern like the back of the fawn in Japanese.

Almost Kanoko-ishis are jasper, but transparent Kanoko-ishis are sometimes found. It is called Menou(agate) Kanoko-ishi and looks like ocean jasper found in Madagascar.

Kanoko-ishi is very popular with stone collectors in Japan and the price will be high soon if it is exhibited in auction. Probably, Kanoko-ishi is the most popular stone in Tsugaru Nishiki-ishi.

In some specific areas (sea coast) in Aomori, jasper can be found, however, Kanoko-ishi, which means jasper having a white-spotted pattern, is very rare. So, even if you are walking around all day, Kanoko-ishi cannot be found in most cases.

Kanoko-ishi has color variations like reddish or yellowish. Kanoko-ishi which has big, sharp and clear white-spotted pattern is preferred.

If the white-spotted pattern is small and grainy like fish egg, it is considered as Nanako-ishi. Nanako-ishi is not so popular than Kanoko-ishi.

Red and yellow colors are beautiful on the Kanoko-ishi:
 Kanoko-ishi

From another angle:
Kanoko-ishi

Mild color of Kanoko-ishi:
Kanoko-ishi

Rough stone of Kanoko-ishi:
Kanoko-ishi

In most cases, Kanoko-ishi is polished to see a white-spotted pattern more clearly. However, this stone is rough stone of Kanoko-ishi. This stone is from sea and therefore, polished naturally. Spotted patterns are granular. It is smooth and good touch feeling.

From another angle:
Kanoko-ishi

Another rough stone of Kanoko-ishi:
Kanoko-ishi

Zoom1:
Kanoko-ishi

Zoom2:
Kanoko-ishi

Looks like a rash.

Quote from 緋山酔恭の山水石美術館

Kanoko-ishi