A N N OTAT E D B I B L I O G R A P H Y University of California, Berkeley There are three imperial residences in Kyoto: Gosho ( ), rebuilt in 1 ), a 1855 and used for formal affairs even today; Shgakuin ( summer retreat on mountain slopes built in the mid-seventeenth century; and Katsura Imperial Retreat ( ), slightly older than Shgakuin. Upon the death of the Hachij imperial line in 1881, Katsura came into the hands of the reigning household; shortly afterward, the Imperial Household Ministry was formed and took responsibility for the care of such sites. Sometimes grouped with the other residences, Nij Palace was originally built not for the imperial household but for the warriors who effectively ruled Japan from the seventeenth to the middle of the nineteenth century; today, it too is managed by the Imperial Household Agency (the scope and name of the Imperial Household Ministry having changed at the end of World War II). Of these four, Katsura, with its extensive grounds and esteemed teahouses in addition to a large, shoin-style residence, is best known of all, used both at home and abroad to illustrate arguments about
Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Dec 30, 2012
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