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Kurama ishi

Kurama stone

A granodiorite from the vicinity around Kurama in Kyoto, characterized by rust-colored bands that look like layers of onion skin. It is appreciated as a garden stone and used for shoe-removing stones, ornamental stones, stepping stones, and so forth.

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