The stone is called Fumiwake Ishi (踏分け石), which means “a stepping stone at the dividing point”. In Japanese gardens around a tea house, there are Oblong stepping stones direct one's steps in a particular direction. Then, one approaches a Fumiwake stone with its elevated round shape. It suggests that the passage's direction will be divided into two, standing at the fork of two sets of oblong stepping stones. Can you picture it?
These days, because tea gardens have become rare, inventive connoisseurs have come to see these stones as art objects. Can you imagine a spot to place the stone inside your home? It would look grand sitting quietly on a wooden floor. A strong presence with the creative energy of something similar to works from the height of the minimalist movement but made centuries earlier.