Ajiishi, which was loved
by the late world-renowned artist Isamu Noguchi,
is granite from Kagawa Prefecture in Shikoku.
The Chapel of Stone,
a masterpiece from acclaimed architect Jun Itami,
was built by stacking blocks of ajiishi,
a stone with refined color and texture.
The blocks have become stronger and more beautiful over time.
SURROUNDED BY WOODS
The chapel’s masonry,
inspired by a potter’s kiln, was built with prayer.
Master masons stacked up blocks of stone
that are different in size and color to complete the chapel.
Natural light through the windows gently illuminates
the holy cross,
the couple and the blocks of the stone
with subtle colors.
Illuminated by light bulbs and the reflective glow of snow,
the beautiful form of the Chapel of Stone is awe-inspiring.