How difficult is it to find a waterfall stone?  We believe it might be perhaps one of the most difficult to find; perhaps a true hut stone is even more difficult – we say this due to the number of carved hut stones in the market.

We have collected only a few stones that had a waterfall in the composition and almost all of these have thread waterfalls; meaning a very slight white line running down the face of the stone.

Waterfall Stone (taki-ishi)

Kamogawa (h.6.5 x w.7 x d.3.5cm)

This is a very small stone ~2.5 inches in width.  This is KJ’s favorite waterfall stone.  The waterfall starts at the top of the stone and flows downward and if careful attention is given one will notice that the waterfall flares towards the bottom of the stone a very desirable attribute. The daiza is signed “Waiseki” and he is a famous daiza maker from Kyoto who is now quite old and no longer makes them and therefore stones with this base are quite collectible.

This stone has a very rough texture, and a very nice waterfall. Also, notice the see through at the bottom of the stone-just to the left there is another opening that joins this one. A feature we greatly appreciate.

A few points about waterfall stones.  Feel free to debate if you disagree.  The waterfall should be only on one side of the stone – meaning it shouldn’t run across the top and down the back or front.  It is additionally appreciated if the waterfall, from top-to-bottom, runs wider as it falls down the stone much like in nature.    If the waterfall starts near the top of the stone but not at the very top this is an additional feature to be appreciated as again this is much like they are in nature.

Kamogawa-ishi, from Kyoto (h.9 x w.6 x d.4.5cm)

Kamogawa-ishi, from Kyoto (h7.9 x w4.6 x d.4.5cm)

This waterfall stone exhibits another fine feature – the waterfall meanders down the face of the mountain rather than just coming straight down. This is very natural and to us it provides a very soft waterfall feel to the stone.  Would you agree?

Waterfall stone (taki-ishi)

Waterfall stone (taki-ishi)

When I first saw this stone, I thought how unusual to have what appears to be red quartz.  I commented to KJ how unusual to have a ‘red’ waterfall.  She immediately commented that she thought it would be a lava flow down the mountain side.  I have to admit, I like her view of the stone much more than mine.  This is also a small stone with a width of ~10cms.  The lava flow starts must below the top of the stone, barely, and moves down the stone in almost a vertical manner. The downside, albeit small, is that the width at the top of the flow is a bit wider than the bottom.  Perhaps this lines up with how lava flows – I will have to try and find photos to see if that would be true or not.

Mt. Gamalama, Indonesia

Mt. Gamalama, Indonesia

Furuya-ishi (Wakayama prefecture)

Seigaku-ishi (Shizuoka prefecture)

This Seigaku stone has many small thread waterfalls across the face and back of the stone.  Another of KJ’s stones that sits on the kitchen window sill.

KJ and I really enjoy these types of suiskei and have purchased several small bronze dobans and ceramic suibans to hopefully display them in.  We realize that some would debate if these stones should be displayed in a doban/suiban, however, we believe they can be and especially if the stone is highly textured thus reminding us of a seaside scene.

Do you have waterfall stones in your collection? If so, we would love to see photographs of them.  Drop us a email or post them of Facebook to share.

Best wishes,

Sam and KJ