石屋さん・STONE DEALER 2016 – book

The book “Stone Dealer” is a sequel to the video “Blue Stone”. It contains recorded conversations I
had with eight stone dealers. Despite the fact that the stones have lost their commercial value,
the stone dealers believe that the stones have preserved their unique cultural value and they explain
what that means, seen from their perspective. Presently the profession of stone dealer is about to
disappear. While there used to be four hundred of them, now only a handful of them are active in the
stone business. One former stone dealer says: “Even when your body and bones are gone, the
Sanbaseki stone will remain there and protect you forever.” This book shows that the value of natural
objects is located in the personal stories and life histories they entail. It is a tribute to the
stone dealers of Onishi.

torch press (JP)
244 pages
130 x 190 mm
English/Japanese
ISBN 978-4-907562-07-6
Design: Akiko Wakabayashi

Generously supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL and
the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Tokyo