The cultural path, Shumokukan is a unique collection of buildings located East of Nagoya Castle. It was built between the Taisho and the Showa Era for Tamesaburo Imoto, a man who was a successful pottery merchant of the time.
What makes the area unique is its distinctive style, with the main building being of a western style, with tall stone walls, stained glass windows and room interior. Behind this unique building are tatami rooms one might seem to expect more from traditional Japanese architecture. With large and beautifully styled rooms on display.
All of these is tied together with a Japanese style garden, with a small tea ceremony room tucked away under some trees and two store houses located behind the structure.
The different spaces on site are available for renting for special events such as ceremonies or important gatherings.
Shumokukan is a place that captures the essence of a country going through change with its cultural styles and inspirations and offers a unique feeling of calmness among a busy city.
Words and photos by Stefan Bingham.