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成巽閣Seisonkaku Villa

  • Culture / Art / History (Historical sites)
  • Around Kanazawa
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Around Kanazawa
Kenrokumachi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa 920-0936, Japan
  • Culture / Art / History (Historical sites)
Opening Hours
Wednesday(It's the next day in case of a holiday)
Date of post:2016/02/24

Gentle and elegant palace for the feudal lord lady

  • Historical Building

Seisonkaku is a retreat which the 13th feudal lord of Kaga domain, Maeda Nariyasu built for his mother, Shinryuin in 1863. It is located next to Kenrokuen. There are two entrances from the main gate and the gate from Kenrokuen.

It is a rare historic palace for a lady, and registered as an important cultural property. We can see various gentle and elegant treatments. There is a large audience room whose style is the shoin style: a traditional architecture style of living room with study equipment like Kinkakuji or Ginkakuji in Kyoto. However, the interior seems to be more colorful. Although photography is prohibited in Seisonkaku, we can see the brilliant coloring openwork screen engraved flowers and birds by Takeda Yugetsu, wainscot panels of shoji screens which were painted flowers and birds, a prestigious conferred ceiling, a coved and conferred ceiling made of color lacquer, walls made of paper painted cloud, traditional Yushoku patters and gold powders.

Surrounding the audience room, there are rooms and corridors named plants and creatures: Ayu corridor, Shellfish corridor, Turtle room, Butterfly room, Pine room, Tsukushi corridor and edge, Mannennsei (Japanese rhodea) corridor. We can see paintings of those plants and creatures on wainscot panels in each rooms and corridors. They show lovely atmosphere.

Turtle room is a sleeping room, and a turtle is a symbol of longevity in Japan. In Pine room, we can see glass pictures imported from the Dutch on wainscot panels. Frames of shoji screens are made of bamboo. They are delicate and sophisticated. Near Pine room, there is a 20 meter edge called Tsukushi edge which has no pillars. The edge of eaves are supported by wood with principle of leverage. We can see the wide garden with open-minded from Tsukushi corridor and edge. The garden is also registered as a scenic spot by Kanazawa. Besides, Seisonkaku has a lot of dolls, costume and elegant equipment. We can see those exhibitions planned and replaced regularly.

The second floor is the sukiya-shoin style. Sukiya means liking poetry, tea ceremony or flower arrangement. The style is mainly about a tea room collected favorite stuff freely. The main highlight of the upstairs is Gunjo room. Gunjo is ultramarine blue. The blue of Seisonkaku is used for the interior of upper class car of Hokuriku Shinkansen (Bullet Train). From the upstairs, we can see gardens of Seisonkaku and Kenrokuen. Please do not miss this rare palace.

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