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kutsunugi ishi

shoe-removing stone (kutsunugi ishi)

A flat-surfaced stone placed at the entrance or adjacent to the veranda facing the garden. It is a stone where one puts on or takes off one's shoes. The one at the crawl-through entrance of a tearoom is called fumi ishi.

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