Kashu Suiseki Kai
The Kashu Suiseki Kaiís the oldest suiseki club on the Western hemisphere. It was in the 1940s when, as a group of mainly immigrant farmers, they settled in the Sacramento, California, valley. Their shared interest in suiseki, brought with them from Japan, served as a common bond for the families. Some of them found ideal collecting areas throughout Northern California that are now world famous.
Two of their group, Tsutomu Harano and Yoneji Ito helped popularize the art by actively collecting, exhibiting, and sharing their suiseki with interested individuals. Many families moved to the Peninsular region of the Bay Area where their club was organized, exhibiting their art for the last 42 years. Ted Kameda has been one of the foundations of the club. He has been its president and general organizer of many activities including their exhibitions for many years.
Below are several suiseki from the Kashu Suiseki Kai's 42nd Annual Exhibit - Images by Bob Carlson:
Kashu Suiseki Kai Gallery