Tea Houses, Katsura Imperial Villa

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Prince Hachijo Toshihito, 1579–1629, and Kobori Enshu, 1579–1647

Kyoto, Japan; 1630–62

The Imperial Villa at Katsura dates from the Edo period, considered to be a time when the Japanese arts were particularly highly developed. Structurally, the buildings that make up the villa are traditional for the region – timber posts support the floors and heavy overhanging tiled roofs, while the walls are very light. There is no glass but the walls consist of sliding screens of translucent paper. The internal partitions are also sliding screens, but in this case the paper is stretched on both sides of the timber frames, ...

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