The Old Imperial Palace

And then we come to this. Built in 1915, it houses one of three sacred objects, and was involved in the enthronement ceremonies of the recent Emperors.

Built on a modest budget... Ok, who am I kidding. This building is spectacular.

The main doors.

Door hinges?

Corner moulding?

I like the metal end-caps on the steps.

Detail of the railing end caps...

The gable peak. That round shape at the top represents a Chrysanthemum, the floral emblem of the Imperial family.

The birthday girls, sharing a giggle by the pond.

This pond looks recent, likely a renovated addition from the overhaul all those years ago.

The pond, without the tourists!

This passageway was the furthest into the inner compound that we could get. page.