Friday, June 7, 2019

History - Japanese pavilion at the Expo 1900 Paris

The Japan Pavilion is not found in the official pavilions of the Nations Street on the banks of the Seine, but takes in the lower left of gardens, down the slopes of the Trocadero, an important area in which several buildings are a real small Japanese city.

The main building is an interesting reconstruction of the famous pagoda Kondo at Nora, whose architecture dates back to the seventh century AD.

Built in wood, with two floors, the roof tucked in the corners, balconies blood red dragon projecting the floral golden yellow wall at his lotus base, brightened with a bird flying in the intermediate part and crowned at its top by a frieze with cloudy female profiles. This pavilion houses the Imperial Museum with the rarest pieces of Japanese art.

A bazaar and a series of small pavilions between which runs a stream, are staged around. The greenhouse and garden together the most magnificent specimens of the exotic horticulture and reveal gardening methods and artificial cultivation of the highest interest.

Tea and "sake" rice wine each have their pavilion to which hasten the tasters.

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