Learn at Kyoto Imperial palace

 Kyoto Imperial palace (10 September 2020)

To visit the Kyoto Imperial Palace, I walked along with long earthen wall with few other visitors after passed in front of Kenreimon gate main gate of the Imperial palace.

正門である建礼門 Kenreimon gate main gate of the Imperial palace
This main gate is only used for important rituals such as enthronement and Emperor and national guests who can pass through this gate
築地塀 Earthen wall
Earthen wall surrounding the palace which 450m from north to south and 250m from east to west

I was attracted by elegant shape of a carriage porch.It is exclusively used for high ranking courtiers when they attend court rituals or had an audience with the emperor.

御車寄 Okurumayose, Carriage porch

I was able to feel dignity of the most important but simple design building, Shishinden, hall for state ceremonies, the most important building in the palace, simple but dignified design

朱塗りの月華門 Gekkamon, vermilion gate
Gekkamon, vermilion gate, one of the naikaku-mon gates that comprised the dairi and roof of Shishinden
承明門から見た紫宸殿 Shishinden from Jomeimon gate
Shishinden from Jomeimon gate

紫宸殿 Shishinden, hall for state ceremonies

紫宸殿 左近の桜 品種はヤマザクラ East side cherry tree in front of garden of Shishinden
East side cherry tree in front of garden of Shishinden
紫宸殿 右近の橘 West side Citrus tachibana tree in front of garden of Shishinden
West side Citrus tachibana tree in front of garden of Shishinden
高御座と御帳台 The Imperial Throne and August Seat of the Empress.
The Imperial Throne and August Seat of the Empress. Unfortunately, public exhibition was finished and only pictures are exhibited
清涼殿への通路 Corridor to Seiryoden
Corridor to Seiryoden, it is temporally closed because of under repairment

Kogosyo, it was used to hold ceremonies and imperial audiences with members of the samurai class. It is famous place held called Kogosyo meeting for discussions how to deal with the Shogunate during the Meiji Restoration.

小御所 Kogosyo

小御所の障壁画 Wall painting in Kogosyo
Wall painting in Kogosyo

Court yard for Kemari, between Kogosyo and Gogakumosyo, study place for Emperor, Emperor sometimes listened sound of game of Kemari.

蹴鞠の庭 Court yard for Kemari, ancient football game of the Imperial Court

蹴鞠の庭 Court yard for Kemari, ancient football game of the Imperial Court
Court yard for Kemari, ancient football game of the Imperial Court

I enjoyed inner gardens and Imperial residential Palace, Otsunegoten and felt ancient elegant atmosphere by them

御池庭 欅橋 Keyagibashi bridge Oikeniwa garden
Keyagibashi bridge Oikeniwa garden
ススキ Japanese pampas grass
Japanese pampas grass tells us autumn is coming
御常御殿 天皇陛下の儀式と生活の場所 Imperial residential Palace, Otsunegoten
Imperial residential Palace, Otsunegoten

Next destination is Nijyo-jo castle

 

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