The high-class of Japan “Yushintei” Visit Geihinkan (state guest house) in Akasaka, Tokyo as a feeling of a national guest

2017.11.23

The high-class of Japan  “Yushintei” Visit Geihinkan (state guest house) in Akasaka, Tokyo as a feeling of a national guest

Geihinkan (state guest house) in Akasaka Palace is located in Akasaka, where is the central Tokyo.
It’s a high-class building, that is used for national guests like leader class of each country
to accommodate or give a dinner party.

After the Meiji Period, it was designated as a national treasure in 2009 for the first time as a cultural asset.
Since 2016/4/19, it has been opened to the public for a fee when there is no event.

You can check more details on a homepage of the Cabinet Office that has been frequently updated.

Geihinkan Japanese-style annex
“Yushintei”
is built in 1974, and it’s faced to a pond in the large garden.
Unfortunately, photography is prohibited inside, but there is a main Japanese room with 47 tatami mats
to invite guests to Japanese meals.
A part of tatami mats in the room is able to carry out, and it’s able to set Horigotatsu (low table over
a hole in the floor).
People are able to be relaxed with the Japanese culture like the tatami and the Japanese room,
but this is a thoughtfulness to guests who usually live with the chair.

“Tea room”
is a bit large room and it’s able to get in with shoes.
The tea ceremony is held on the tatami seat that is four and a half tatami mats sized placed one step higher
in the room.

If guests from abroad don’t like to sit with the seiza style, they are able to sit on the chair to
enjoy the tea in spite of sitting with the seiza style.

Yushintei is a space to enjoy Japan with decorated tea bowls made by living national treasures
and hanging scrolls.
Why don’t you visit Geihinkan as a feeling of a national guest when you visit Japan?

Source of photos:
http://tokyosanpopo.com/archives/27697

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