My second day in Japan found me at the Imperial Villa. You have to have permission to go there. I appreciate that Esprit Travel and Tours got that for me.
You also need to be there and waiting at 9 AM or you are out of luck.
I arrived early and was admiring the beautiful grounds when it started raining. A very stylishly dressed Japanese woman didn’t hesitate to come over and hold her umbrella over me. I felt very touched by this gesture.
I showed her I had my handy dandy plastic
garbage bag, raincoat with me.
They counted us as we entered the gate and counted us again when we went out on the tour and when we came back.
The Imperial Villa was built in the 1600’s for the Imperial family. Besides a residence for them, it has gardens and tea houses.
A path winds around the property that has been thoughtfully designed. The tree at the end of this path has been purposefully placed there to prevent you from seeing the lake and gardens beyond until later.
This center post is noted for it’s grace and effortless beauty.
This tea house has a water view out the right window and a mountain view out the left. It is set for viewing the moon as it rises over the water and reflects off it.
What other architectural examples, that use nature to their advantage, do you know of?
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