Asahikawa. Hokkaido, Japan. The river is said to be the third longest in Japan. Within its vicinity lies an Ainu village, in which people refer to as “Kamuy-kotan” (Kamuy/Kamui - God, Kotan - Village). The area has, then, been sacred to the said culture and is said to be housed by nature spirits.
A portion of the 38th All Japan Aiseki National Exhibition and the Hokkaido Suiseki Federation Exhibition June 29--July 1, 2018
Shangri-La -- The month of July marks the Philippine-Japanese friendship month. Two cultures found a way to commemorate it through the exchange of various art forms— one of them is the appreciation of natural stones.
A seminar on the art of stone appreciation was held in the Ayala Museum with the assistance of the Natural Stone Society of the Philippines (NSSP), Dr. Tom Elias, and his wife, Dr. Hiromi Nakaoji.