Sairan no Ma
A Hall Guarded by Mythical Birds
Located directly above the entrance hall to the State Guest House and forming a pair with Asahi no Ma, Sairan no Ma was called the "Second Guest Room when the residence was originally built.
The new appellation Sairan no Ma derives from its reliefs of a ran, a type of phoenix.
This salon is used for treaty signing ceremonies, summit meetings, etc.
Mythical, Golden Birds
Exquisite relief embellishments in the form of birds with outspread wings are mounted above the great mirrors to the right and left, and on either side of the marble mantelpiece. These are mythical birds called ran, which the salon is now named for.
Exquisite Gilded Reliefs
The salon is decorated in the Empire style, which swept Napoleonic France of the early 19th century. Martial motifs predominate in the ornate parcel-gilt alabaster reliefs, and includes Japanese elements such as a warrior in traditional armor.
Above the crystal fixtures, the chains are enlivened with red, yellow, and green ribbons.
The vaulted ceiling is delineated into panels in a sunburst pattern, intended to evoke a military campaign tent. As with the wall relief of the sphinx, the design is thought to have been inspired by Napoleon's campaign in Egypt.
Characteristic of the Empire style, the chairs are upholstered in a fabric of red ground with silver embroidery.
The pieces of furniture in the salon show strong symmetry and have lion feet, both characteristic of the style.
The 10 mirrors hung on the walls serve to visually expand the room.
Japanese Sword and Saber
The relief embellishment on the mantelpiece include swords from both the West and the East.