Haritsuna Shrine held a festival in 1635, which has now become the famous, and National Significant Intangible Gold Cultural Asset called the Inuyama Festival. Today the Inuyama Fes Read more [...]
Urakuen is a Japanese gardens, which features three teahouses including the National Treasure, JOAN. JOAN teahouse (also written JO-AN) was designed by the pioneering tea ceremony master Urakusai Oda, younger brother of Nobunaga Oda, and is considered to one of the three best teahouses in Japan. JOAN teahouse has be relocated several times in its history, before its placement in the Urakuen in 1972. JOAN teahouse is very important in the history of tea ceremony in Japan and is the only National Treasure teahouse open on a regular basis. JOAN teahouse is an unusual design featuring bamboo sunshades for the windows and a Fusuma (sliding door which is framed and papered) with an old lunar calender. The second teahouse is GENAN, which has been restored to the design, known as Teishudoko, which Urakusai Oda had used in Osaka Prefecture. KOAN teahouse is a recent construction specifically for tea parties to be held at. Also with Urakuen is the Important Cultural Asset Syodenin Shoin house, which is where Urakusai Oda lived for the later part of his life.