Sunday, 20 September 2015


止め石 tome-ishi) or "barrier guarding stones" (sekimori-ishi  関守石 A stone placed atop a stepping stone 

tied with warabinawa or shuronawa

house a Kami

 they indicate that entry is forbidden

A good rock, he explained, is flat on the bottom so it sits well, but with a pleasing rounded from above. It should be large enough to be noticed, but not so big that it's difficult to move around. 

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