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meguri ishi

flow-round stone

A stone placed in a yarimizu stream, described in Sakuteiki. It is placed just past a curve, where it is struck by the flowing water. It has the effect of keeping the shore from eroding, while making the water flow in the intended direction.

Japanese Garden Dictionary: A Glossary for Japanese Gardens and Their History
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