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markenki
08-17-2012, 11:08 PM
Hi Sara and Jon,

What does the flower-like symbol, seen here on the left (top of the stone), on the Takashima Awasedo mean?

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I see it on other stones as well. Also what does the kanji say?

Thanks,

Mark

JBroida
08-18-2012, 01:07 AM
it pretty much just says natural stone from kyoto in the flower symbol

the kanji on the lower left hand corner of the stone (bottom right in the picture) says shohonzan

markenki
08-18-2012, 01:09 AM
Thanks, Jon. Ok... what does "shohonzan" mean?

JBroida
08-18-2012, 01:16 AM
its kind of vague... just like honyama

its just something seen on a lot of finishing stones. Sho means true, so its just there to add emphasis to the "honyama". Kind of like junhonyama (or pure honyama).

mainaman
08-18-2012, 02:00 AM
the flower symbol is the symbol (logo)of the Kyoto Stone Association

mainaman
08-18-2012, 02:03 AM
its kind of vague... just like honyama

its just something seen on a lot of finishing stones. Sho means true, so its just there to add emphasis to the "honyama". Kind of like junhonyama (or pure honyama).
So pretty much means true finishing stone? Can the term honyama be used in the sense of finishing stone ?

JBroida
08-18-2012, 02:09 AM
can... can not... honestly, a lot of things with natural stones are so ambiguous its crazy. Thats why anyone worthwhile will just tell you to find someone you trust and test everything. In general, honyama should refer to the series of mines running east from atagoyama mountain... narutaki, shobudani, etc.