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 Waiting Room for the Nobles

Just past the carriage porch, there are tatami-matted rooms called Shodaibu-no-ma, where guests who visited the palace would wait to be called inside.

There are three rooms in the building each parted with fusuma sliding doors decorated with elegant black and white drawings. Each of the rooms has fusuma with different artistic motifs: cherry blossoms for the front room, cranes for the middle, and tigers for the back room. The tiger room was for guests of the highest rank.

Waiting Room, Kyoto Imperial Palace(c) Designcraft