Nishimura Stone Lanterns: Garden Preview
Imposing Paul Barr photographs the garden / sales floor / warehouse of Nishimura Stone Lanterns Kyoto, Japan -- Nishimura Stone Lanterns workshop and garden -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Zeiss 100mm f/2 — 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 280 — map & image datanearby photos
Imposing
Paul Barr photographs the garden / sales floor / warehouse of Nishimura Stone Lanterns
Kyoto, Japan

The other day in “Nishimura Stone Lanterns: the WorkshopI introduced the workshop of a fifth-generation stone-carving shop in north-east Kyoto that Paul Barr and I “discovered” the other day.

Next to and beside their shop are areas just teeming with a huge variety of stone carvings. I assume it's their “warehouse” and sales floor (so to speak), but I'm not really sure. It sure looked pretty if you stuck your head in a bit to look.

View from the Street the workshop is part of the same building, out of frame to the right -- Nishimura Stone Lanterns workshop and garden -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 34 mm — 1/250 sec, f/4, ISO 560 — map & image datanearby photos
View from the Street
the workshop is part of the same building, out of frame to the right
Venturing In just a bit -- Nishimura Stone Lanterns workshop and garden -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 34 mm — 1/250 sec, f/4, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Venturing In
just a bit

Paul is standing just behind the old discarded cutting wheels featured in the Fairly Dirty “What am I?” Quiz the other day.

The Side Garden -- Nishimura Stone Lanterns workshop and garden -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 50 mm — 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 220 — map & image datanearby photos
The Side Garden
Lots and Lots of Stuff -- Nishimura Stone Lanterns workshop and garden -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 58 mm — 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 360 — map & image datanearby photos
Lots and Lots of Stuff
The Back Garden -- Nishimura Stone Lanterns workshop and garden -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 32 mm — 1/250 sec, f/5, ISO 900 — map & image datanearby photos
The Back Garden
Random Stone Decorations tucked away wherever there was space; this is in front of the house -- Nishimura Stone Lanterns workshop and garden -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/250 sec, f/4, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Random Stone Decorations
tucked away wherever there was space; this is in front of the house
Oops closeup of the item in the bottom of the previous picture -- Nishimura Stone Lanterns workshop and garden -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Oops
closeup of the item in the bottom of the previous picture
“ I Laugh at your Decomposable Body” ( I suspect that is not the thought the carver had in mind ) -- Nishimura Stone Lanterns workshop and garden -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Zeiss 100mm f/2 — 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
I Laugh at your Decomposable Body”
( I suspect that is not the thought the carver had in mind )
Older than Most or so it seems -- Nishimura Stone Lanterns workshop and garden -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Zeiss 100mm f/2 — 1/400 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Older than Most
or so it seems

I use “Preview” in the title of this post because tomorrow we'll visit again. I've prearranged a chat with the carvers, and I expect we'll get to forage in the gardens with our cameras. Should be most excellent.

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All 4 comments so far, oldest first...

“I Laugh at your Decomposable Body”

Buddy, if I had your shape, I’d WANT to decompose.

ps – No snarky responses from brothers stating “If? What do you mean; IF?”

— comment by Marcina, USA on December 4th, 2009 at 2:18am JST (8 years ago) comment permalink

Jeffrey,

Just have to say again how great your photos are. I have shown them around the place I work and there are a number of computers here with your photos as desktops. Thanks, again.

— comment by Michael Yoder on December 4th, 2009 at 7:47am JST (8 years ago) comment permalink

How to become stoned in one easy place. The frequent amounts of moisture have resulted in the stones becoming moss covered; it looks almost like a graveyard with stones all over the place. Now the question, are any of those stones for sale and what type of stone is used for carving? You mentioned the price for a design earlier
US$90,000 however the status perhaps of the other stones in cost or are for sale.
And my other question which may seem far-feteched; during WWII and during earthquakes were any stones
destroyed? Why all the stones in the back storage yard so to speak?

Your view of Japan is to me so different than what may or may not be portrayed elsewhere. A happy family of three
raising your seven year old son; and I wonder if said son will become totally bilngual or will he be more
English (American) speaking than Japanese?

He’s bilingual, though much better in Japanese (more slang, etc.) because he spends all day at school with 600 other native Japanese-speaking kids. —Jeffrey

— comment by Bryce Lee (I am not Asian) on December 4th, 2009 at 11:50am JST (8 years ago) comment permalink

Once again, another treat of Kyoto goodies, with the elegant wood-carvings and other scenes at the TooFoo Shrine and the most interesting pilgrimage to the Nishimura Stone-carvers.

You certainly know where to find “the most unforgettable scenic spots” of Kyoto. Thanks for shari ng.

— comment by Father Mac on February 27th, 2011 at 7:40pm JST (6 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink
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