"Regarding the placement of stones there are many taboos. If so much as one of these taboos is violated, the master of the household will fall ill and eventually die, and his land will fall into desolation and become the abode of devils."
I just opened my newly arrived copy of _Sakuteiki, Visions of the Japanese Garden_, and this is what greeted me! ;-)
The book, a heavily annotated translation of Sakuteiki by Takei and Keane, looks fascinating.