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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 a feudal lord's lady

  • Historical Building

Seisonkaku is a retreat that the 13th feudal lord of the Kaga domain, Nariyasu MAEDA 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.
There is a large audience room in the shoin style: a traditional architecture style of living room with study equipment like the Kinkakuji or Ginkakuji temples in Kyoto. However, the interior seems to be more colorful. Although it is prohibited to take photos inside the Seisonkaku, you can see the brilliant coloring openwork screen engraved flowers and birds by Yugetsu TAKEDA, wainscot panels of shoji screens which depict 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 with plants and creatures: ayu (sweet fish) corridor, shellfish corridor, turtle room, butterfly room, pine room, Tsukushi corridor and edge, Mannennsei (Japanese rhodea) corridor. You can see paintings of those plants and creatures on wainscot panels in each rooms and corridors.

The turtle room is a sleeping room, and the turtle is a symbol of longevity in Japan. In the pine room, you can see glass pictures imported from the Netherlands on wainscot panels. Frames of shoji screens are made of bamboo. They are delicate and sophisticated. Near the pine room, there is a 20 meter edge called Tsukushi edge which has no pillars. The edge of the eaves are supported by wood with a principle of leverage.
The garden is also registered as a scenic spot by Kanazawa. Besides, Seisonkaku has a lot of dolls, costumes and elegant equipment.

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

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