The Japanese Tsukubai, Zenigata Granite Water Basin is a classic Japanese tea garden basin designed in the shape of an antique coin, Kosen. It features a square water pool in the middle, surrounded by four Japanese characters within a circle basin. This basin is found in the Ryoan-ji temple in Kyoto and have been translated in several different ways. The basin The top character is Self, to the left is Knows, to the right is Only, and the bottom is Contentment. The four symbols says Self knows only contentment or "ware, tada, taru (wo) shiru" which means I only sufficiency know. The Buddhist teaching of humility and abundance translate you have all that you need. The Ryoan-ji used the basin to provide the ritual washing. A person must bow/bend over to use the basin. The word tsukubai means to crouch, which shows humility and and a sign of reverence. The basin is on the ground. Meaning you are content and at peace which is a state of higher self. Available in 12", 16", 18" and 24" sizes. The beautiful salt and pepper granite will darken over time.