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Pauline founded The Japan Room to revive the salon atmosphere of eighteenth-century Europe from which speculative Freemasonry originated in combination with her friendship with Japan. She has many hobbies and interests. Pauline spends 2-3 months in Kyoto every year, usually during the spring and autumn. She is a volunteer for the Kyoto City International Foundation/Kyoto International Community House. Pauline is a Trustee of The Japan Society. www.japansociety.org.uk
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Kyoto Imperial Palace – Pauline Chakmakjian, MA
Referred to as the Gosho, the Kyoto Imperial Palace takes central stage in the grid-pattern
City of Kyoto within the boundaries of a rectangular enclosure known as the Kyoto-gyoen.
Many people who have stayed in Kyoto for greater lengths of time than ordinary tourists
do will be able to sense a certain tension between Kyoto and Tokyo in conversations
held with Kyotoites. This is largely due to the fact that Kyoto had been the capital
of Japan for over one thousand years before historical events led the capital to be moved
to Tokyo at the time of the Meiji Restoration in 1868.
Prior to the change of capital, the Kyoto Imperial Palace was where the Emperors of Japan
had resided before the Tokyo Imperial Palace became the ruling palace from 1869.
The original palace upon the establishing of Heiankyo (794-1868 AD), the peaceful capital
of Kyoto from the ancient capital of Nara (710-794 AD), was actually located to the west
of the current collection of buildings. The current grounds include the Shinshin-den
main hall, important for special ceremonies and containing the Chrysanthemum Throne.
Visitors can tour such buildings on the grounds by making an appointment with the Kunaicho,
the office of the Imperial Household Agency. Although extremely crowded, in certain
periods throughout the year, these buildings can also be visited without appointment
such as designated five days in the spring and the autumn. A particularly beautiful
spot is the bridge over a pond ornamented with clouds in the inner garden. Walking in
such grounds one can imagine the tranquil life of the courtiers, those gentlemen who
dwell above the clouds.
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