Yubae no Ma
Tapestries of Kyoto Mountains, West and East
This space is used for conferences such as ministerial meetings, ryurei-style tea ceremony, and waiting area for banquets. The name Yubae no Ma takes a character each from the names of two pieces of tapestry, Hiei Getsuei and Atago Yūshō, hanging on the east and west walls of the room.
Tapestries: Hiei Getsuei and Atago Yūshō
The tapestries were designed by the nihonga artist Hakozaki Mutsumasa and woven using tsuzure-ori (polychrome tapestry) technique. Hiei Getsuei depicts moonlight on Mt. Hiei, just to the east of Kyoto, while Atago Yūshō portrays the sun setting behind Mt. Atago, a peak to Kyoto's west.
The illumination is directed against the ceiling, indirectly brightening the room through reflected light. During cocktail parties, the lighting can be switched to produce a starry sky or firefly effect.
Display Stand in Sanshisuimei-motif
The makie (lacquerwork) and raden (mother-of-pearl inlay) were made by the living national treasure Kitamura Shōsai and his son Kitamura Shigeru. The classic theme in use is sanshisuimei, scenic beauty of mountains and water.
Dantsu Carpet in Water Motif
The traditional hand-woven carpet, dantsu, depicts clouds reflected on the surface of an ornamental pond. The dots in the white lines suggest gravel glimmering through water.
The Garden, Viewed from the Corrider
The rocks used in the Kyoto Guest House garden are often older material that was in prominent use at another time. An area of the garden is planted with an evergreen plant called nebikigusa to suggest a rice paddy.