Doorway to a World of Allure
Beyond the lofty ironwork door is the entrance hall, with black and white checkerboard floor overlaid with red carpet. The checkerboard, called the ichimatsu motif in Japan, is composed of black Japanese slate and white Italian marble. A similar floor can be seen in the Palace of Versailles in France.
Into a Place of Opulence
Guests walk the red carpet through the entrance hall and up the grand stairway of Italian marble. A barrel-vaulted ceiling bright with gold leaf arches overhead as they ascend each step.
Rising and Setting Suns to Mark the Visit
The paintings on the south and north end of the vault seen from the grand stairway were conceived in the spirit of hospitality. Arriving guests are greeted with a painting of the morning sun as they ascend to the second floor, and departing guests are given a send-off with a painting of the setting sun on their way down to the entrance hall.
Great Marble Columns with Striking Patches of Violet
Just beyond the top of the grand stairway is the Large Hall, with eight columns of Italian breche violette marble.
Painting and Music by Ryohei Koiso
Flanking the door to Asahi no Ma are a pair of oils by Ryohei Koiso, entitled Painting and Music.
Ceiling Art with Utopian Intent
The ceiling painting is titled Seventh Heaven. Executed by Professor Shun'ichi Terada of Tokyo University of the Arts, the work symbolizes an ideal world where seven doves race across the sky, leading the way to tranquility.
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