Arranging Stones for an Iwagumi Layout
“Copying” a skillfully arranged layout is a way to improve your
skill. An iwagumi layout can be difficult because of its simple
composition. Therefore, we recommend that you try to arrange
stones first by using the basic iwagumi layout patterns introduced
in this article. Stones should be arranged by keeping in mind
the force of water flow, the overall balance, and continuity of an
arrangement. The time of year when people often go to rivers and
oceans is a great time to learn from natural landscapes.
IWAGUMI STYLE 1: THE BASIC, STANDARD IWAGUMI
IWAGUMI STYLE 2: AN EXPANSIVE IWAGUMI
IWAGUMI STYLE 3: AN IWAGUMI THAT RESEMBLES A FRINGING REEF
Pointed stones are arranged radially. It is
important to create a wide, sprawling feeling
by skillfully arranging the stones in various
sizes. Close attention must be paid to the
orientation and angles of the stones.
This is an iwagumi style that resembles the
rocks of a fringing reef in the sea. The key
point is the arrangement with a contiguous
appearance that makes the stones look like
the convolutions of one large stone emerging
from the ground, as well as the highlighting
the intricate outline of the stones.
Sanzon iwagumi, in which the Fukuseki and
Soeishi stones are arranged around the
primary Oyaishi, is the most basic stone
arrangement style. The angle of the Oyaishi
expresses the force of water and adds strong
impact to the aquascape.