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Setagawa-ishi ( 瀬田川石 )

Setagawa-ishi ( 瀬田川石 ) in Japan

This is my first Suiseki purchased.

Setagawa-ishi, 瀬田川石

Setagawa-ishi, 瀬田川石

Setagawa-ishi, 瀬田川石

Setagawa-ishi, 瀬田川石

Setagawa-ishi, 瀬田川石

It is from Setagawa river which is only one river flowing out of the Lake Biwa. By the way, lake Biwa (Japanese: 琵琶湖) is the largest freshwater lake in Japan, located entirely within Shiga Prefecture (west-central Honshu), northeast of the former capital city of Kyoto. Lake Biwa is of tectonic origin and is one of the world's oldest lakes, dating to at least 4 million years ago. Setagawa is changed its name to Ujigawa river in Kyoto and later Yodogawa river in Osaka and finally it flows into Osaka Bay in the Seto Inland Sea

Setagawa river is one of the localities of famous stones in Japan including Ishikari River(Hokkaido), Ibigawa River(Gifu), Kamogawa River(Kyoto), and Sajigawa River(Tottori). By the way, the famous stones mentioned above is as Suiseki, not including jasper or other stones which have colorful characteristic. (Basically, dark color is preferred in Suiseki.)

Setagawa stone is sometimes regarded as one of three greatest stones together with Sajigawa and Kamogawa river. As a Suiseki, Setagawa stone’s most attractive feature is the abundant variation. Such as, Tora-ishi, Maguro-ishi, Golden pearskin (satin surface) stone, Kani Maguro, Sasa Maguro, and etc.

Since Setagawa is in Kinki region which is one of three major metropolitan areas and it is easy to access, it seems to be exhausted although Setagawa is called as sacred ground for Suiseki.

Setagawa-ishi, 瀬田川石