Kyoto Imperial Palace

The Kyoto Imperial Palace is the former ruling palace of the Emperor of Japan. The Emperors have since resided at the Tokyo Imperial Palace after the Meiji Restoration in 1869, the preservation of the Kyoto Imperial Palace was ordered in 1877. Today, the grounds are open to the public, the Imperial Household Agency hosts public tours of the buildings several times a day; the Kyoto Imperial Palace is the latest of the imperial palaces built at or near its site in the northeastern part of the old capital of Heian-kyō after the abandonment of the larger original Heian Palace, located to the west of the current palace during the Heian period. The Palace lost much of its function at the time of the Meiji Restoration, when the capital functions were moved to Tokyo in 1869. However, Emperor Taishō and Shōwa still had their enthronement ceremonies at the palace; the Palace is situated in the Kyōto-gyoen, a large rectangular enclosure 1,300 metres north to south and 700 metres east to west. It contains the Sentō Imperial Palace gardens and the Kyoto State Guest House.

The estate dates from the early Edo period when the residence of high court nobles were grouped close together with the palace and the area walled. When the capital was moved to Tokyo, the residences of the court nobles were demolished and most of Kyōto Gyoen is now a park open to the public; the Imperial Palace has been located in this area since the final abandonment of the Heian Palace in late 12th century. However, it was much earlier that the de facto residence of the Emperors was not in the Inner Palace of the original Heian period palace, but in one of the temporary residences in this part of the city and provided to the Emperor by powerful noble families; the present palace is a direct successor—after iterations of rebuilding—to one of these sato-dairi palaces, the Tsuchimikado Dono of the Fujiwara clan. The palace, like many of the oldest and most important buildings in Japan, was destroyed by fire and rebuilt many times over the course of its history, it has been destroyed and rebuilt eight times, six of them during the 250-year-long peace of the Edo period.

The version standing was completed in 1855, with an attempt at reproducing the Heian period architecture and style of the original dairi of the Heian Palace. The grounds include a number of buildings, along with the imperial residence; the neighboring building to the north is the sentō, or residence of the retired Emperor, beyond that, across Imadegawa Street, sits Doshisha University. The Imperial Household Agency maintains the building and the grounds and runs public tours; the main buildings are, among other halls, the Shishinden, Seiryōden, Ogakumonjo, a number of residences for the Empress, high-ranking aristocrats and government officials. Dignitaries with special permission for official visits used to enter the palace through the Okurumayose entrance; the Shodaibunoma building was used as a waiting room for dignitaries on their official visits to the palace. They were ushered into three different anterooms according to their ranks; the Shinmikurumayose structure was built as a new carriage entrance on the occasion of the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Taisho in 1915.

For state ceremonies, the dignitaries would enter through the Kenreimon, which has a cypress-wood roof, is supported by four unpainted wooden pillars. This gate would have been used on the rare occasions of the Emperor welcoming a foreign diplomat or dignitary, as well as for many other important state ceremonies. Passing through the Kenreimon, the inner gate Jomeimon would appear, painted in vermilion and roofed in tile; this leads to the Shishin-den, the Hall for State Ceremonies. The Gekkamon is a smaller gate on the west side of the main courtyard. Another gate in the outer courtyard is the Kenshunmon, which has a similar architectural style to the Kenreimon. Located next to the Kenshunmon is a square; the Shunkōden was constructed to house the sacred mirror on the occasion of the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Taisho in 1915. The roof is modern in that it is made out of not wooden shingles; the Shishinden is the most important ceremonial building within the palace grounds. The enthronement ceremonies of Emperor Taisho and Emperor Showa took place here.

The hall is 33 by 23 metres in size, features a traditional architectural style, with a gabled and hipped roof. On either side of its main stairway were planted trees which would become famous and sacred, a cherry on the eastern, left side, a tachibana orange tree on the right to the west; the garden of white gravel played an important role in the ceremony. The center of the Shishin-den is surrounded by a hisashi, a long, thin hallway which surrounded the main wing of an aristocrat's home, in traditional Heian architecture. Within this is a wide open space, crossed by boarded-over sections, leading to the central throne room; the Takamikura is the Imperial throne. It has been used on the occasion of the enthronement ceremonies commencing in 707 in the reign of Empress Genmei; the present throne was modeled on the original design, constructed in 1913, two years before the enthronement of Emperor Taishō. The actual throne is a chair in black lacquer, placed under an octagonal canopy resting on a three-tiered dais painted with black lacquer with balustrades of vermilion.

On both sides of the throne are two little tables, where two of the three Imperi

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