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Wall Paintings

There are over 3,000 screens in the National Treasure Ninomaru Palace, and 1,016 of those were designated Important Cultural Properties (picture) in 1982.

The rooms of the Ninomaru Palace form a diagonal line beginning with the Kurumayose, Tozamurai, Shikidai, Ohiroma, Sotetsu-no-ma, Kuro-Shoin and then the Shiro-Shoin. Excluding the Shiro-Shoin, each room is decorated with brightly coloured sliding screens using gilt.

The palace is an important cultural property that conveys the splendor of the Momoyama period(1573-1603). The following screens are not only from the time when the castle was constructed in 1603, but also those newly created by the painting group, the ‘Kano School’, led by Tanyu Kano, of whom were patronized by the shogunate at the time when the castle was greatly renovated in preparation for the emperor Gomizunoo’s royal visit in 1626.

The ground plan of the Ninomaru Palace

Presently in place at the Ninomaru Palace are all of the replications of wall paintings from the Ohiroma, the Kuro-Shoin, and a selection of those from the Shiro-Shoin. The originals are under preservation at the ‘The Nijo Castle 400 Anniversary Gallery’ and go on display irregularly.
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