A Masterpiece of Castle Palace Architecture Produced by the Finest Craftsmen
Nagoya Castle’s Hommaru Palace is considered a masterpiece, Japan’s finest example of classical Shoin-zukuri samurai-styled residential architecture. It consisted of 13 structures, covering an area of 3,100 ㎡ and was the most elegant and gorgeous palace of all, a testament to architecture, art and craftsmanship of its time. Its richly decorated gold covered walls and screens featured art works by the most skilled of the leading painters depicting nature and water scenes, flowers and birds, highlighted by intricate metal fittings. World class Nagoya Castle was the first castle complex to become a National Treasure in 1930. The palace’s Jorakuden Shogun accommodation hall, and the Yudono Shoin bathing room, both constructed to accommodate the Shogun, along with other sections have been restored, and will open to the public in 2018.
Authentic Restoration Utilizing a Wealth of Historical Materials
Nagoya Castle archives include abundant well-preserved historical records from the Edo period, detailed pre-war photographs, modern architectural charts and other significant documents. Because of these high quality records, only Nagoya Castle can undergo Japan’s most authentic castle restoration possible. Traditional construction methods and materials have been used, and the technologies disclosed to preserve these skills and knowledge for the future.
Recreating The Beauty of 400 Years Ago
Restoration of the Nagoya Castle Hommaru Palace’s interior artworks commenced in 1992, and is one of the palace’s highlights. Rare Japanese castle interior artworks (now Important Cultural Properties) saved before destruction, and the many high quality pre-war photos were scrutinized to scientifically analyze colors, materials and techniques of the early Edo period to meticulously carry out the authentic, breathtakingly brilliant replication work.
Memories For One Thousand Years To Come
The Hommaru Palace restoration project is seen as a valuable opportunity to preserve and pass on endangered traditional Japanese techniques and skills. Its brilliant design features the standards of samurai culture, the beauty, skill and art of the finest craftsmen, and the traditional culture of timber construction. The Hommaru Palace is said to have been the origins of Nagoya’s appreciation for fine culture. The hundreds- of-years-old hinoki cypress trees from the Kiso forests have provided a new life for the palace, which will be passed on to the future a thousand years to come.