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kame jima

tortoise island

A representative form of island in pond gardens or dry landscape gardens. Under the influence of the Chinese cult of immortality, it came to be made together with the crane island in hope for long life and happiness, and was frequently built from the Muromachi to the Edo periods. It is composed of a tortoise head stone, foreleg stones, hind leg stones, and a tail stone.

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