\isiting an Outstanding Japanese Cultural Treasure
Inspired by (scenes?) from Yataro Matsuura's book (name of book), I decided to visit one of the most important cultural properties in Japan, Kyu-Iwasakitei.
Kyu-Iwasakitei consists of one main building, The Western Residence, and two adjacent ones, a Japanese style building annexed to the residence and a separate structure called The Billiard Hall. These buildings were designed by British architect, Josiah Condor, who taught Western-style architecture in Japan.
These are some features which makes this cultural site stand out for beauty and interest:
・The British Minton tiles used on the first-floor veranda (of which building?) are splendid (in what way?)
・The size of the gardens, which are outstanding (how large? What else is outstanding about the gardens?)
・The women’s guest rooms (in which building?) decorated with gorgeous Islamic motifs.
It’s almost hard to believe that it was built over one hundred years ago (why?)
・The guest room on the second floor (of which building?) which is decorated with precious Japanese leather paper (Kin-kara-kawashi) which is absolutely stunning.
・A light-filled sunroom (where?), with bay windows that look out over a beautiful garden.
Altogether, I would recommend Kyu-Iwasakitei as a perfect place for a peaceful weekend getaway from Tokyo.