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Another auspicious symbol is the kibune or treasure ship which sails the seas and is represented often by a rock or group of rocks. Such islands, due to their sacred character, are inaccessible to human beings and no bridges are constructed to reach them. In contrast, ordinary islands called nakajima are accessible to the mainland by bridges and it is on these latter islands that one may find teahouses and arbors.

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Succulent mix: Graptopetalum (a.k.a. ghost plant), waxy blue-gray Pachyphytum oviferum (a.k.a. moonstones), fuzzy brown-tipped Kalanchoe tomentosa, blue-green Echeveria - photo: Debra McClinton