The San Francisco Suiseki Kai held their 34th Annual Suiseki Exhibit at the Union Bank Community Room, 1675 Post Street, San Francisco, California, on August 1 and 2, 2015. Hours were 10 am to 5 pm, both days. The exhibit coincided with the 42nd Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair, San Francisco Japantown. The public was invited to enjoy the suiseki exhibit and member suiseki sales.
The San Francisco Suiseki Kai has been around since 1981, founded by first generation Japanese- Americans. The first teacher, Keiseki Hirotsu, who helped to introduce suiseki to California in the 1960s.
The club holds its meetings at the Oakland Lakeside Garden Center, Lake Merritt. Each meeting, they conduct business and lectures on suiseki and related topics. Members bring in their stones for show and tell.
The club holds an annual exhibit every year at the Japantown Center in San Francisco, where they display their stones to the public.
Suiseki are small naturally formed stones. It is the name for the Japanese form for natural stone appreciation. Similar to Chinese scholar stones. Suiseki can be found in many lakes, rivers and streams in Northern California. The stones are carved by water, wind, and other natural elements. They can appear as images of mountains, lakes, waterfalls, or human and animal figures.
Suiseki stones are displayed on hand crafted, carved wooden bases (daiza) or in shallow ceramic or metal trays (suiban).
The display and appreciation of natural stones was first noted in China around 7th century A.D. and moved to Japan. The collecting and appreciation of all types of stones is carried on around the world.
A great source of information about Suiseki viewing stones can be found at the San Francisco Suiseki Kai website https://sfsuisekikai.wordpress.com.
The following photographs were taken of the 34th Suiseki Annual Exhibit. Courtesy of San Francisco Suiseki Kai.
“Dawn”; Williams Creek; Mas Nakajima
Eel River; A Yin Chung
Winter Eel River; Janet Roth
Turtle Thomes Creek; John Nishizawa
Murphys stone; Yoneo “Johnny” Uchida
Pool Stone Tokachi River, Japan; Mike Butler
Morning Light Thomes Creek; Hsu Huei Chen
Coastal Rock Thomes Creek; Wen Pai Chen
Mountain Stone Thomes Creek; Candace Key
Small stone display; Carolyn Van Hoecke
Yellow Mountain Eel River; Barbara Wilson
Black Butte Lake; Hideko Metaxas
Thomes Creek; Mary Beth Avila
California Klamath River; Bob Gould
Desert Plateau Klamath River; Polly Gould
Small stone display Candace Key & Chris Ross
Holy Man Cache Creek; Jerry Braswell
Desert Stone Garnet Hill; Chris Ross
Northern California; Tanya Dulkin
Black Butte Lake; Francesca Metaxas
Jade Edges Clear Creek; Steve Nelson
Island Eel River; Yaeko Nishizawa
Mountain Stone Klamath River; John Nishizawa
The Roost Eel River; Keith Mansfield
Back row, left to right: Mike Butler, Bob Pratt, Steve Nelson, Chris Ross, John Nishizawa
Middle row: Wen Pai Chen, Miwako Hsu, Tanya Dulkin, Hsu Huei Chen, Bob Gould, Mas Nakajima
Front row: Yaeko Nishizawa, Barbara Wilson, Janet Roth, Polly Gould, Hideko Metaxas, A Yin Chung, Candace Key