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Nishiki-ishi: Nishiki Brocade Stone

June 21, 2016

Nishiki-ishi are stones produced in numerous locations in Aomori Prefecture in northern Japan. When polished, the stones reveal their beautiful sheen and luster. The term 'Nishiki-ishi' covers a wide variety of stones, such as jasper, chalcedony, agate, rhyolite and petrified wood. Some say Nishiki-ishi derived their name from the rich colors and patterns that are reminiscent of traditional Japanese woven fabrics such as 'aya' twill damask or 'nishiki' brocade. Others say the name came from the local seaside scenery, with stones of different colors on the beach being washed in waves and reflecting sunshine, simulating a beautiful nishiki brocade fabric that has been rolled out.

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Nishiki-ishi: Nishiki Brocade Stone

Translation by: Misa Imanaka-Miller, reviewed by Marina Izumi

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