Hideyoshi's "Golden Tea Room" Replicated in Southwestern Japan

Society Culture

Karatsu, Saga Pref., April 9 (Jiji Press)--The famous "golden tea room," believed to have been built on the order of 16th-century Japanese feudal warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi, has been replicated and is now on display for free to the general public at a museum in the city of Karatsu, Saga Prefecture, southwestern Japan.

The Saga Prefectural Nagoya Castle Museum will start around May a paid program in which visitors can enjoy "matcha" green tea in the room. The museum will solicit participants in the program.

The ceiling, walls and other parts of the tea room are coated with a total of around 16,500 pieces of gold leaf about 11 centimeters square. The tea room has a floor space of about 4.8 square meters, with red wool fabric laid on the floor, and is equipped with red "shoji" screens made out of silk.

The room can be assembled and dismantled for transportation. The restoration cost around 36 million yen.

According to the Saga prefectural government, the original golden tea room is said to have been used in events such as a tea ceremony at the Kyoto Imperial Palace in 1586. During the invasions of Korea by Hideyoshi in the late 16th century, the room was transported to Nagoya Castle in Karatsu, and tea ceremonies were held for feudal lords, merchants and members of missions from abroad. The castle was used as a base for the invasions.

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