Juraku no Ma
Candlelit Ambience of an Old Machiya
When banquets and ministerial meetings are held at the Kyoto Guest House,
this space is used as a waiting area for dignitaries or accompanying staff.
The character ju carries with it the concept of gathering together,
and raku means "relaxed" or "enjoyable." Juraku no Ma is intended as a place where things both restful and joyful convene.
A Bamboo Craft Flower Vase
When entertaining guests, a floral arrangement, ikebana, is displayed in this hanakago (flower vase) atop a decorative stand. The vase is the work of the late Hayakawa Shōkosai V, a Living National Treasure.
Comfortable chairs Stand Ready for Guests
The chairs that line the wall were constructed without nails or metal parts, using Kyoto's traditional joinery technique. The vivid crimson upholstery, woven in Kyoto's famed Nishijin district, bring a touch of opulence to the space.
A Decorative Stand Rich with Many Traditional Crafts
The centrally-placed decorative stand is ornamented with lacquer, raden (mother-of-pearl inlay), bamboo crafts, etc.
Ornamental Mounting Designed for Peace
The design of the kazari-kanamono, which hides nailheads, was inspired by a knot called chiyo-musubi. The motif symbolizes a desire for bringing people together in peaceful harmony and friendship.