Directly across the street from where we are renting a home, there is a perfectly intact Wakan, or traditional Japanese home, that was once the home of one of the wealthiest Tokyo clans, the Maeda clan. This is open to the public, at least the first floor, and you can enter, savor the traditional tatami floor rooms, enjoy the beautiful simplicity of the architecture, then sit by the sliding shoji doors that are opened to reveal what was once this family's private garden. it is so incredibly serene, and it is such a delight that this exists in Tokyo and minutes from a busy street. Here are lots of pictures, minimal commentary, as they speak for themselves.
this is just a long view of the that gate
two last photos, the first is an extreme closeup of the spiders i have yet to identify on google. any help?
on your computers, you can zoom this to get more details...
then, as we left, there were several stone statues in the garden all with the face of Buddha etched on them. nice resonance for us having left Nepal, recently, a place we both truly love and hope to return to visit.