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Neo Sakura-ishi ( 根尾桜石 )

Neo Sakura-ishi ( 根尾桜石 ) in Japan

In Japan, cherry blossoms symbolize clouds due to their nature of blooming en masse, besides being an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life, an aspect of Japanese cultural tradition that is often associated with Buddhist influence, and which is embodied in the concept of mono no aware.

By the way, Mono no aware (物の哀れ mono no aware, literally "the pathos of things"), also translated as "an empathy toward things", or "a sensitivity to ephemera", is a Japanese term used to describe the awareness of impermanence (無常 mujo), or the transience of things, and a gentle sadness (or wistfulness) at their passing. Japan has a tradition of finding beauty in transience as seen in mono no aware affected by Mujokan (Buddhist concept of the impermanence of worldly things) in Buddhism.

Along with the chrysanthemum, the cherry blossom is considered the national flower of Japan. Cherry blossom is emblematic of spring and chrysanthemum is autumn of Japan.

In short, many Japanese people like cherry blossoms. And now I would like to introduce a stone which has cherry blossoms in its name.

It is "Neo Sakura-ishi".

I would like to explain it by its name first. "Neo" is not English but name of village used to be existed. It was located in Gifu Prefecture(in the center of Japan). Neo village was merged with four neighboring and the name was changed as Motosu District, and thus no longer exists as an independent municipality.

"Sakura" is cherry blossom and "Ishi" is stone in Japanese. So, the meaning of "Neo Sakura-ishi" is Neo cherry blossoms stone by translating literally.

In Japan, there is very famous stone called Kikka-seki which means chrysanthemum stone. It was registered as Special Natural Monuments (especially important natural monuments) in 1952 and even now, it is considered as the most famous stone in Japan.

Full name of the Kikka-seki is "Neo" Kikka-seki.

Yes, Kikka-seki and Sakura-ishi are mined from the same place. However, even in the boom, many people and quarry owner hardly mine Sakura-ishi since Kikka-seki is so popular. Few people knew Sakura-ishi to exist.

And today, as a society in which the information level has been highly developed, I am wondering how Sakura-ishi is judged by.

From now, I would like to focus on Neo Sakura-ishi and introduce it for a certain time.

This is Neo Sakura-ishi:

Neo Sakura-ishi, 根尾桜石

You might think where cherry blossom is. I would like to explain its graceful figure from this time forward.

cherry blossoms