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tama ishi

round stone

A stone generally taken from the bed of a river, round in shape and about 15-30 cm in diameter. The type of material is not relevant. In gardens they are used in nobedan pavements, for stone-paved beaches, as well as stone walls

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