Honmaru Goten

(Honmaru Palace)

Nagoya Castle Honmaru Goten (Honmaru Palace) was built in 1615 (Œc’·‚Q‚O”N/Keicho 20) as the residence
for the leader of the Owari Domain. It was a graceful structure and designated as a National Treasure with the great donjon in 1930.
However, sorry enough, both of them burned down in air raids of May 1945 during the World War II.
The Nagoya Castle donjon was rebuilt in 1959.
Honmaru Palace restoration was started

 The original  Bamboo Grove, Leopards and Tiger/’|—Ρ•^ŒΥ}ichikurin Hyokozu) by Kanoh School
Restored and reproduced Chikurin Hyokozu on the sliding doors


Entrance Hall@/@ŒΊŠΦ@Genkan
Genkan has two rooms (Ichi no Ma & Ni no Ma) separated by sliding doors.

Ichi no Ma@/@ˆκ”VŠΤ
Ni no Ma@/@“ρ”VŠΤ 
Genkan is a waiting room where visitors wait to be led to a back room.
Each room is surrounded by walls and sliding doors with pictures of tigers
and panthers that would intimidate visitors.
At that time(the early Edo period), painters could know them only by their skin rugs or
pictures from abroad.
So, people had considered that a tiger and a panther were the same kind of animal
(tiger/male, panther/female)


Audience room / •\‘‰@@Omote Shoin
(The kanji's meaning of ‘‰@/shoin is study or drawing room)
Omote Shoin was used for formal audience or meeting.. It has five rooms with beautiful fusuma-paintings.
Especially "Jodan no Ma" is noble and dignified.

Jodan no Ma / γ’i”VŠΤ

"Jodan no Ma"
Room for the supreme person.

This room is elevated (it's clear if you see the photo
taken from Ichi no Ma below), and has noble ceiling
called Oriage-Kogumi-Gohtenjo/ά‚θγ‚°¬‘gŠi“Vˆδ.
Ichi no Ma / ˆκ”VŠΤ ...........Japanese pheasant/Kiji@賁@(Japanese pheasant is native to Japan) and Sakura
Ni no Ma/“ρ”VŠΤ
San no Ma / ŽO”VŠΤ......... Civent/κl”LJako-neko, Malus halliana/‰ΤŠCž©HanaKaido

photo courtesy of Nabesho
"Hanakaido" blossoms are so beautiful !
5: Nando no Ma / ”[ŒΛ”VŠΤ Boxroom

Nagoya Castle