Room viewing at Meguro Gajoen


Although Mt. Fuji is visible from this chamber when the weather is clear, and it once was very popular for afternoon gatherings, it is are now treated as one of the cultural assets of Japan. Only few rooms of old Gajoen buildings are still in existence wherein visitors could enjoy museum-like setting carrying the Iki aesthetics culture thought to have originated amongst the merchant classes of Edo.


When the old Gajoen was established in 1931, Tokyo was recovering from the devastating earthquake. Houses were cramped and barely equipped with electricity and running water. Which means the average people had to lead a wretched life. In such situation, home decorations available to the common people were limited. To those people, the old Gajoen should have been a place like a fairyland. Where one can touch and see their dream and fancies in this real world.