A foundation stone from an ancient temple building, which has been reused as a path junction stone (Fig.) or a water basin in a garden. This practice began in tea gardens of the Momoyama period, and was very popular especially in the Meiji and Taishō periods when imitations were often made.
Japanese Garden Dictionary: A Glossary for Japanese Gardens and Their History
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