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Izuka-kofun Tumulus (an escallop-shaped keyhole-shaped mound in the latter half of the early Kofun p (イヅカ古墳)

The Izuka-kofun Tumulus is an escallop-shaped, large keyhole-shaped mound called Makimuku type tumulus in the latter half of the early Kofun period, but now its existence cannot be confirmed because the site was completely flattened after the Middle Ages.

Details of discovery

The tumulus was discovered in the 119th research of the Makimuku-iseki Remains accompanied by the construction of a bypass of National Route 169.


Location: Aza Izukayama, Oaza Hashinaka, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture
Buried person: Unknown
Time of construction: The latter half of the early Kofun period
Tomb shape: A Makimuku type keyhole-shaped mound (as the result of computer analyses of the buried tumulus, underground research and electromagnetic wave measurement)
Size: Approximately 80 meters in full length, the back circular part approximately 50 meters in diameter, the shugo (surrounding moat) approximately 10 meters in width (however, the full length could be more than 100 meters)
Burial spot: Unknown because of the flattened site

Unearthed goods: Relics in the early Kofun period (stage II) from the remains of the shugo.

Cylindrical haniwa (clay images)
Morning-glory type haniwa
Figurative haniwa (house shapes, lids and, so on)
Wooden products (plows, construction materials, and so on)
Unglazed vessels

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The form of conducted ritual preserved at a large tomb

The largest fourth-century chiefly tomb in Shikoku, Chūgoku, or Kyushu
The Kanakurayama tomb is a keyhole-shaped mounded tomb located near the center of the Misaoyama hills, a low mountain range lying east of the urban district of Okayama City and known as the “borrowed scenery” backdrop for the famous garden of Kōrakuen. Approximately 100 m in elevation, to the tomb’s north spreads a plain on which the Hyakkengawa site group and so forth are located, with a vast area of modern-day reclaimed land extending to the south, but in former times it overlooked an inlet called “Kibi no Anaumi.” The tomb is approximately 160 m in overall length, and thought to have been constructed in the latter portion of the fourth century. Until the Tsukuriyama tomb in Okayama City was built in the initial portion of the fifth century it was the largest keyhole-shaped tomb in the Shikoku, Chūgoku, or Kyushu regions.

In 1953 an investigation centering on the Kurashiki Archaeological Museum was conducted, excavating two square haniwa precincts at the top of the round portion of the mound, each having one vertical stone burial chamber and a smaller chamber for grave goods. As grave goods, in addition to beads and copper objects, large amounts of iron objects were found. Also, along with cylindrical haniwa, a variety of representational haniwa was confirmed in the square precincts, including items in the shapes of shields, quivers, houses, domestic fowl, and pedestaled dishes.

Following the investigation, no special protective measures were taken, and the tomb was utilized as forest and orchard land, but in consideration of the Kanakurayama tomb’s importance the city of Okayama initiated an investigation from the 2014 fiscal year to confirm its extent, with the aim of preservation, management, and utilization of the tomb.

Excavations centered on the rectangular front portion of the mound, which previously had not been investigated. As a result, paving on the slopes and haniwa rows on the terraces of the mound were found in extremely good states of preservation, and the mound’s structure and form became clear. Further, it was learned that a tsukuridashi (square projection) had been built on the western side of the constriction where the front and round portions meet, and a shimajō (“island-shaped”) feature consisting of a square platform connected to the mound by a land bridge stood on the eastern side of the constriction.

A house-shaped haniwa depicting a running water system
The tsukuridashi was directly connected to the western constriction and round portion of the mound, with its upper surface at a level in between the upper and lower terraces on the side of the mound’s round portion. On top of the tsukuridashi, an enclosure-shaped haniwa and at least five house-shaped haniwa were placed within an area enclosed by lines of cylindrical haniwa and fence-shaped haniwa.

On the other hand, on top of the shimajō feature connected by a land bridge with the eastern side of the front portion of the mound, while the details of the alignment are not clear, in addition to fence-shaped haniwa, house-shaped haniwa, and sunshade-shaped haniwa, basket-shaped pottery and clay objects in the shapes of food were recovered. It is thought that this was a reproduction of a group of buildings appearing to be a chiefly mansion along with a ritual scene in which food and other offerings were made, in the manner of the example known for the Gyōjazuka tomb in the Historic Site Saijō Tomb Group in Hyōgo Prefecture.

From the valley between the feature and the mound to the north of the land bridge more than 10 fence-shaped haniwa, plus an enclosure-shaped and a small-scale house-shaped haniwa were recovered. While these materials were considerably scattered, it can be inferred that the small house-shaped item had been placed within the enclosure-shaped haniwa. The house-shaped haniwa had decorations applied to the roof and walls, and in the interior are representations of a wooden water trough and tanks. This accords with examples of a “haniwa shaped as a running water system” which have been recovered at the Historic Site Takarazuka Tomb in Mie Prefecture and the Historic Site Shionjiyama Tomb in Osaka Prefecture. The recovery in the valley between the shimajō feature and the mound is also a point in common with the Takarazuka tomb and other examples.

Clarification of the structure of the largest keyhole tomb of the fourth century for the Shikoku, Chūgoku, and Kyushu regions, and the conditions of ritual at a mounded tomb as expressed through haniwa are among the important discoveries that were obtained. (Yasukawa Mitsuru)

The last great period of Japanese sculpture was the Kamakura period (1185�). One of the most famous statues of this time is the enormous Buddha of Kamakura, which is some 42 feet (13 meters) high. Also well known are the great guardian figures, carved by the famous sculptor Unkei, which are at the entrance gate to the Todai-ji temple in Nara. Outstanding for their realism and their sense of drama, these statues are among the best ever made in Japan.

There are 127 Gyroids available since Animal Crossing. The Brewstoid family was added in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, bringing the number to 131. Not all Gyroid families have all the sizes of Gyroids, and a few do not have a neutral size.

Alloid family [ edit ]

Alloids make a sound similar to a steel drum. Derived from "alloy," a metal made from two or more different metals.

Mega Alloid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Brown None makes sound
Mini Alloid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Brown None makes sound
Tall Alloid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Brown None makes sound

Bovoid family [ edit ]

Bovoids make a mooing noise, from "bovine."

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Tall Bovoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Gray / Gray Rustic / Toy Shop makes sound

Bowtoid family [ edit ]

Bowtoids wear bow ties. They make a fast, repetitive sound and dance.

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Mega Bowtoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Black / Black Toy Shop makes sound
Mini Bowtoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Black / Black Toy Shop makes sound
Tall Bowtoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Black / Black Toy Shop makes sound

Brewstoid family [ edit ]

Brewstoids make the sound of coffee pouring. They are non-obtainable prior to New Leaf. They resemble their creator, Brewster, and can be acquired only by working part-time at the Roost Cafe, and getting a certain number of customers' orders correct.

Brewstoid - 𧐼 Bells  Brewster (192 correct orders)
Green / Black Antique / Rustic / Trendy makes sound
Mega Brewstoid - 𧐼 Bells  Brewster (255 correct orders)
Green / Black Antique / Rustic / Trendy makes sound
Mini Brewstoid - 𧐼 Bells  Brewster (224 correct orders)
Green / Black Antique / Rustic / Trendy makes sound
Tall Brewstoid - 𧐼 Bells  Brewster (160 correct orders)
Green / Black Antique / Rustic / Trendy makes sound

Buzzoid family [ edit ]

Buzzoids make a buzzing noise.

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Mega Buzzoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Green / Brown Quirky makes sound
Mini Buzzoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Green / Brown Quirky makes sound
Tall Buzzoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Green / Brown Quirky makes sound

Clankoid family [ edit ]

Clankoids sound like pots and pans banging. They appear to look like garbage cans.

Clankoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Green / Green Harmonious makes sound
Mega Clankoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Green / Green Harmonious makes sound
Mini Clankoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Green / Green Harmonious makes sound
Tall Clankoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Green / Green Harmonious makes sound

Croakoid family [ edit ]

Croakoids croak like a frog.

Croakoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Green / Green Harmonious / Quirky / Rustic makes sound
Mega Croakoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Purple / Purple Harmonious / Quirky / Rustic makes sound
Mini Croakoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Brown Harmonious / Quirky / Rustic makes sound
Tall Croakoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Blue / Gray Harmonious / Quirky / Rustic makes sound

Dekkoid family [ edit ]

Dekkoids sound a little bit like they are saying "dekkai," meaning huge.

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Mega Dekkoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Orange / Orange Quirky / Toy Shop makes sound
Mini Dekkoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Pink / Pink Quirky / Toy Shop makes sound

Dingloid family [ edit ]

Dingloids, as their name suggests, make bell sounds. The Wee Dingloid is the only "Wee" Gyroid and is very similar to the Mini Dingloid, except it appears to have no mouth.

Dingloid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Brown Antique / Fairy Tale / Harmonious makes sound
Mega Dingloid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Brown Antique / Fairy Tale / Harmonious makes sound
Mini Dingloid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Brown Antique / Fairy Tale / Harmonious makes sound
Squat Dingloid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Brown Antique / Fairy Tale / Harmonious makes sound
Tall Dingloid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Brown Antique / Fairy Tale / Harmonious makes sound
Wee Dingloid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Brown Antique / Fairy Tale / Harmonious makes sound

Dinkoid family [ edit ]

Dinkoids are a lot like Sputnoids, but silver.

Mini Dinkoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Gray / Gray Sci-Fi / Trendy makes sound
Mega Dinkoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Gray / Gray Sci-Fi / Trendy makes sound

Drilloid family [ edit ]

Drilloids make a drilling noise.

Drilloid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Red / Red Quirky / Trendy makes sound
Mega Drilloid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Red / Red Quirky / Trendy makes sound
Mini Drilloid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Red / Red Quirky / Trendy makes sound

Droploid family [ edit ]

The Droploid makes a "plop, plop, plop" sound, like water falling. There is only one member of the Droploid family.

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Echoid family [ edit ]

Echoids make an echoing noise.

Mega Echoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Blue / Gray Quirky / Sci-Fi makes sound
Mini Echoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Orange / Orange Harmonious / Sci-Fi makes sound
Tall Echoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Blue / Gray Trendy makes sound

Fizzoid family [ edit ]

Fizzoids sound like the fizz of opening a pop bottle.

Mega Fizzoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Red / Red Toy Shop makes sound
Mini Fizzoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Red / Red Toy Shop makes sound

Freakoid family [ edit ]

Freakoids sound like crying babies.

Mega Freakoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Blue / Gray Quirky makes sound
Mini Freakoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Blue / Gray Quirky makes sound

Gargloid family [ edit ]

Gargloids sound like a man gargling water. Compare this to the Warbloids.

Gargloid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Gray / Gray Toy Shop makes sound
Mini Gargloid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Pink / Gray Toy Shop makes sound
Tall Gargloid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Gray / Gray Toy Shop makes sound

Gongoid family [ edit ]

These sound like a gong. They closely resemble Lloid and the Gyroid from the original Animal Crossing.

Gongoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Brown Harmonious / Quirky makes sound
Mega Gongoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Brown Harmonious / Quirky makes sound
Mini Gongoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Brown Harmonious / Quirky makes sound
Tall Gongoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Brown Harmonious / Quirky makes sound

Harmonoid family [ edit ]

Harmonoids make a sound like a steam organ.

Harmonoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Red / Gray Sci-Fi / Toy Shop makes sound
Mega Harmonoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Red / Gray Sci-Fi / Toy Shop makes sound
Mini Harmonoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Blue / Gray Sci-Fi / Toy Shop makes sound
Tall Harmonoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Blue / Gray Sci-Fi / Toy Shop makes sound

Howloid family [ edit ]

Howloids make a screeching howl.

Howloid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Red / Red Quirky makes sound
Mega Howloid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Red / Red Quirky makes sound
Mini Howloid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Blue / Gray Quirky makes sound

Lamentoid family [ edit ]

Lamentoids are based on the word "lament," and make rattling sounds when they spin. They do not have the same facial features as most Gyroids do.

Lamentoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Brown Harmonious / Quirky / Toy Shop makes sound
Mega Lamentoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Brown Harmonious / Quirky / Toy Shop makes sound
Mini Lamentoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Brown Harmonious / Quirky / Toy Shop makes sound
Tall Lamentoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Brown Harmonious / Quirky / Toy Shop makes sound

Lullaboid family [ edit ]

Lullaboids make a soothing sound akin to a music box.

Lullaboid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Gray / Gray Antique / Fairy Tale / Rustic makes sound
Mega Lullaboid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Gray / Gray Antique / Fairy Tale / Rustic makes sound
Mini Lullaboid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Gray / Gray Antique / Fairy Tale / Rustic makes sound
Tall Lullaboid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Gray / Gray Antique / Fairy Tale / Rustic makes sound

Metatoid family [ edit ]

Metatoids make a metallic rattling sound.

Metatoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Gray / Gray Harmonious / Quirky / Rustic makes sound
Mini Metatoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Gray / Gray Harmonious / Quirky / Rustic makes sound

Nebuloid family [ edit ]

Nebuloids sound like a vibrating beep. Derived from "nebula," a cloud of dust floating in space.

Mega Nebuloid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Blue / Blue Sci-Fi / Toy Shop / Trendy makes sound
Mini Nebuloid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Purple / Purple Sci-Fi / Toy Shop / Trendy makes sound
Nebuloid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Blue / C o l o r f u l Sci-Fi / Toy Shop / Trendy makes sound
Slim Nebuloid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Purple / Purple Sci-Fi / Toy Shop / Trendy makes sound
Squat Nebuloid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Green / C o l o r f u l Sci-Fi / Toy Shop / Trendy makes sound
Tall Nebuloid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Green / C o l o r f u l Sci-Fi / Toy Shop / Trendy makes sound

Oboid family [ edit ]

Oboids make a sound akin to an oboe.

Mega Oboid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Gray / Black Harmonious makes sound
Oboid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Gray / Black Harmonious makes sound
Tall Oboid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Gray / Black Harmonious makes sound

Oombloid family [ edit ]

Oombloids make an "oom" sound.

Mega Oombloid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Brown Harmonious makes sound
Mini Oombloid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Brown Harmonious makes sound
Oombloid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Brown Harmonious makes sound
Tall Oombloid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Brown Harmonious makes sound

Percoloid family [ edit ]

Percoloids sound like hitting a hollow tree trunk. They themselves look like tree trunks.

Mega Percoloid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Brown Harmonious / Quirky / Rustic makes sound
Tall Percoloid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Brown Harmonious / Quirky / Rustic makes sound

Plinkoid family [ edit ]

Plinkoids sound like tiny wooden bells.

Mega Plinkoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Blue / Gray Trendy makes sound
Mini Plinkoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Green / Gray Trendy makes sound
Plinkoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Pink / Gray Trendy makes sound

Poltergoid family [ edit ]

Poltergoids make a scary shriek. Derived from "poltergeist," a ghost that causes physical disturbances.

Mega Poltergoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Gray Harmonious / Quirky / Rustic makes sound
Mini Poltergoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Gray Harmonious / Quirky / Rustic makes sound
Poltergoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Gray Harmonious / Quirky / Rustic makes sound
Tall Poltergoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Gray Harmonious / Quirky / Rustic makes sound

Puffoid family [ edit ]

Puffoids sound like a person blowing on a pan flute.

Mega Puffoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Green / Green Harmonious / Quirky / Sci-Fi makes sound
Mini Puffoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Green / Green Harmonious / Quirky / Sci-Fi makes sound
Tall Puffoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Green / Green Harmonious / Quirky / Sci-Fi makes sound

Quazoid family [ edit ]

Quazoids make futuristic-sounding noises. Derived from "quasar," a light-emitting active galactic nucleus.

Mega Quazoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Green / Green Trendy makes sound
Mini Quazoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Orange / Orange Trendy makes sound
Quazoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Pink / Pink Trendy makes sound
Slim Quazoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Gray / Gray Trendy makes sound
Tall Quazoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Blue / Blue Trendy makes sound

Rhythmoid family [ edit ]

Rhythmoids are in tune with the music (prior to Animal Crossing: New Leaf).

Mini Rhythmoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Brown Harmonious makes sound
Rhythmoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Brown Harmonious makes sound

Rustoid family [ edit ]

These make a clanking noise, like rusted metal.

Mega Rustoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Brown Harmonious makes sound
Mini Rustoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Brown Harmonious makes sound
Rustoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Brown / Brown Harmonious makes sound

Sproid family [ edit ]

Sproids make a noise similar to that of a spring.

Mega Sproid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Yellow / Yellow Harmonious / Toy Shop makes sound
Mini Sproid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Yellow / Yellow Harmonious / Toy Shop makes sound
Sproid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Yellow / Yellow Harmonious / Toy Shop makes sound
Tall Sproid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Yellow / Yellow Harmonious / Toy Shop makes sound

Sputnoid family [ edit ]

Sputnoid, from the satellite Sputnik, make the noise of a spacecraft drifting through space. These Gyroids have metallic bodies and large, colorful panels.

Mega Sputnoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Green / Gray Sci-Fi / Toy Shop / Trendy makes sound
Mini Sputnoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Gray / Gray Sci-Fi / Toy Shop / Trendy makes sound
Sputnoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Gray / Gray Sci-Fi / Toy Shop / Trendy makes sound
Tall Sputnoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Gray / Gray Sci-Fi / Toy Shop / Trendy makes sound

Squelchoid family [ edit ]

Squelchoid sound like squeaks.

Mega Squelchoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Green / Green Toy Shop makes sound
Mini Squelchoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Red / Red Toy Shop makes sound
Squelchoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Yellow / Green Toy Shop makes sound

Strumboid family [ edit ]

Strumboids make sounds similar to a guitar, from the word "strumming."

Mega Strumboid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Green / Brown Harmonious makes sound
Mini Strumboid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Green / Brown Harmonious makes sound
Strumboid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Green / Brown Harmonious makes sound
Tall Strumboid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Green / Brown Harmonious makes sound

Timpanoid family [ edit ]

Timpanoids sound like timpani drums.

Mega Timpanoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Red / Red Antique makes sound
Mini Timpanoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Red / Red Antique makes sound
Tall Timpanoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Red / Red Antique makes sound
Timpanoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Red / Red Antique makes sound

Tootoid family [ edit ]

Tootoids make a noise that sounds like flatulence. The Mega Tootoid has a higher pitch than the Tootoid, which is unusual for the Mega variant.

Mega Tootoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Pink / Pink Quirky / Toy Shop makes sound
Mini Tootoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Pink / Pink Quirky / Toy Shop makes sound
Tootoid - 𧐼 Bells buried underground Pink / Pink Quirky / Toy Shop makes sound

Warbloid family [ edit ]

Warbloids sound like a woman gargling water. Compare this to the Gargloid family.

Yes, The Alkenny On 'See' Are Really Headed To Pittsburgh, Of All Places

Spoilers ahead for See.The most ridiculous thing — and there are many — about Apple TV+'s See is that despite the fantasy world's mystique, it actually takes place somewhere around Pittsburgh. Yes, really. And now that the Alkenny are headed to the Jerlameral's House of Enlightenment, that geography is going to become all the clearer. In fact, it might actually be an American landmark.

The remaining members of the Alkenny who are searching for Jerlalmeral have received word that he'll be waiting in the House Of Enlightenment — but Jerlalmeral doesn't explain what that is. He only suggests that his children will find it by following the Lavender Road, and once they find him they will find a paradise that he has built. Baba Voss and the remaining Alkenny who support the twins embark on a journey to find the Lavendar Road by sailing on a boat down a river. They have no idea where they are going.

But viewers who have been paying close attention to the show's geography, and have a familiarity with Western Pennsylvania, may already know where this House Of Enlightenment is.

As Decider points out, many of the show's made up-sounding names are actually derived from names found on maps of Pennsylvania. The Kanzua Dam where Queen Kane lives is similar in name to the real-life Kinzua Dam, and the Alkenny group seem to take their name from the Allegheny River. If the river that the Alkenny are sailing down is, in fact, the Allegheny River, then there's one likely place that the Alkenny can find the House of Enlightenment — Pittsburgh, PA.

The Allegheny River cuts right through the Steel City, and the show has name-dropped Pittsburgh in the past, suggesting that the Alkenny are headed for Pennsylvania's second-largest city. The fact that Kofun and Haniwa discussed reading about Pittsburgh's economic history feels like an incredibly specific detail. Assuming the House of Enlightenment is in Pittsburgh, however, what 'Burgh landmark could serve as the epicenter of Jerlalmeral's quest to rebuild society?

While it's doubtful that the Alkenny tribe will find much use out of an abandoned Primanti Brothers or Eat 'N Park restaurants, the House of Enlightenment has one clear parallel to real-life Pittsburgh — the Cathedral of Learning.

The towering building that sits at the center of the University of Pittsburgh is not only the kind of massive structure that compliments Jerlalmeral's godlike status, but is filled to the brim with the kind of books that Jerlalmeral and his twins have been using to study up on their history.

While there are plenty of other Western Pennsylvania landmarks the Alkenny could be taking the Allegheny river too, the similarity of names between the House of Enlightenment and the Cathedral of Learning, along with the other Pittsburgh-area similarities, are simply too close to be a coincidence.

It appears a visit to Pittsburgh is imminent in See — but are you really visiting Pittsburgh it your trip doesn't include a Kings' Frownie? Let's hope Jerlameral knows how to show these tourists a good time.

The Tumulus period

About 250 ce there appeared new and distinctive funerary customs whose most characteristic feature was chambered mound tombs. These tumuli, or kofun (“old mounds”), witnessed significant variations over the following 450 years but were consistently present throughout the period to which they gave their name. Some authorities have suggested that the development of these tombs was a natural evolution from a Yayoi-period custom of burial on high ground overlooking crop-producing fields. While partially convincing, this theory alone does not account for the sudden florescence of mound tombs, nor does it address the fact that some aspects of the tombs are clearly adaptations of a form preexisting on the Korean peninsula. Indeed, implements and artifacts discovered within these tombs suggest a strong link to peninsular culture.

Changes in tomb structure, as well as the quantity, quality, and type of grave goods discovered, offer considerable insight into the evolution of Japan’s sociopolitical development from a group of interdependent agricultural communities to the unified state of the early 8th century. Of course, the material culture of the Tumulus period extended far beyond the production of funerary art. For example, it is in this time that an essential form of Japanese expression, the Chinese writing system, made its appearance on the archipelago—a fact known from such evidence as inscribed metal implements. This system had a profound and comparatively quick influence not only on written language but also on the development of painting in Japan. Nevertheless, tombs are the repositories of the period’s greatest visual achievements and are excellent indicators of more general cultural patterns at work. And, in that wider context, three distinct shifts in tomb style can be discerned that define the chronology of the period: Early Kofun of the 4th century, Middle Kofun covering the 5th and early 6th centuries, and Late Kofun, which lasted until the beginning of the 8th century and during which tomb burials were gradually replaced by Buddhist cremation ceremonies. The Late Kofun roughly coincides with the periods known to art historians as the Asuka (mid-6th century–645) and the Hakuhō (645–710).

Tombs of the Early Kofun period made use of and customized existing and compatible topography. When viewed from above, the tomb silhouette was either a rough circle or, more characteristically, an upper circle combined with a lower triangular form, suggesting the shape of an old-fashioned keyhole. The tombs contained a space for a wooden coffin and grave goods. This area was accessed through a vertical shaft near the top of the mound and was sealed off after burial was completed. The deceased were buried with materials that were either actual or symbolic indicators of social status. Adorning the summit of the mound and at points on the circumference midway, at the base, and at the entrance to the tomb were variously articulated clay cylinder forms known as haniwa (“clay circle”). These were an unglazed, low-fired, reddish, porous earthenware made of the same material as a type of daily-use pottery called haji ware. These clay creations were shaped from coils or slabs and took the form of human figures, animals, and houses.

After the 4th century, tomb builders abandoned naturally sympathetic topography and located mounds in clusters on flat land. There are differences in mound size, even within the clusters, suggesting levels of social status. The scale of these tombs, together with construction techniques, changed considerably. The tomb generally assumed to be that of the late 4th-century emperor Nintoku, located near the present-day city of Ōsaka, measures nearly 1,600 feet (500 metres) in length and covers 80 acres (32 hectares). It is alternately surrounded by three moats and two greenbelts. Approximately 20,000 haniwa were thought to have been placed on the surface of this huge burial mound.

In the later part of the 5th century, the vertical shaft used to access the early pit tomb was replaced by the Korean-style horizontal corridor leading to a tomb chamber. This made multiple use of the tomb easier, and the notion of a family tomb came into existence.

Late Kofun tombs are characterized by schemes of wall decoration within the burial chambers. Two especially important tombs have been excavated in the area just to the south of present-day Nara. The Takamatsu tomb (discovered 1972) and the Fujinoki tomb (1985) suggest high levels of artistic achievement and a sophisticated assimilation of continental culture. The Takamatsu tomb is noted for its wall paintings containing a design scheme representing a total Chinese cosmology. Included are especially fine female figure paintings. At Fujinoki exquisite and elaborate metalwork, including openwork gold crowns, a gilt bronze saddle bow, and gilt bronze shoes, was discovered. Design motifs show evidence of Chinese, Central Asian, and Indian sources.


In Japanese traditional architecture, there are various styles, features and techniques unique to Japan in each period and use, such as residence, castle, Buddhist temple and Shinto shrine. On the other hand, especially in ancient times, it was strongly influenced by Chinese culture like other Asian countries, so it has characteristics common to architecture in Asian countries. [2]

Partly due, also, to the variety of climates in Japan, and the millennium encompassed between the first cultural import and the last, the result is extremely heterogeneous, but several practically universal features can nonetheless be found. First of all is the choice of materials, always wood in various forms (planks, straw, tree bark, paper, etc.) for almost all structures. Unlike both Western and some Chinese architecture, the use of stone is avoided except for certain specific uses, for example temple podia and pagoda foundations.

The general structure is almost always the same: posts and lintels support a large and gently curved roof, while the walls are paper-thin, often movable and never load-bearing. Arches and barrel roofs are completely absent. Gable and eave curves are gentler than in China and columnar entasis (convexity at the center) limited. [2]

The roof is the most visually impressive component, often constituting half the size of the whole edifice. [2] The slightly curved eaves extend far beyond the walls, covering verandas, and their weight must therefore be supported by complex bracket systems called tokyō, in the case of temples and shrines. Simpler solutions are adopted in domestic structures. The oversize eaves give the interior a characteristic dimness, which contributes to the building's atmosphere. The interior of the building normally consists of a single room at the center called moya, from which depart any other less important spaces.

Inner space divisions are fluid, and room size can be modified through the use of screens or movable paper walls. The large, single space offered by the main hall can therefore be divided according to the need. [2] For example, some walls can be removed and different rooms joined temporarily to make space for some more guests. The separation between inside and outside is itself in some measure not absolute as entire walls can be removed, opening a residence or temple to visitors. Verandas appear to be part of the building to an outsider, but part of the external world to those in the building. Structures are therefore made to a certain extent part of their environment. Care is taken to blend the edifice into the surrounding natural environment. [2]

The use of construction modules keeps proportions between different parts of the edifice constant, preserving its overall harmony. [2] (On the subject of building proportions, see also the article ken).

Even in cases as that of Nikkō Tōshō-gū, where every available space is heavily decorated, ornamentation tends to follow, and therefore emphasize, rather than hide, basic structures. [2]

Being shared by both sacred and profane architecture, these features made it easy converting a lay building into a temple or vice versa. This happened for example at Hōryū-ji, where a noblewoman's mansion was transformed into a religious building.

The prehistoric period includes the Jōmon, Yayoi and Kofun periods stretching from approximately 5000 BCE to the beginning of the eighth century CE.

During the three phases of the Jōmon period the population was primarily hunter-gatherer with some primitive agriculture skills and their behaviour was predominantly determined by changes in climatic conditions and other natural stimulants. Early dwellings were pit houses consisting of shallow pits with tamped earth floors and grass roofs designed to collect rainwater with the aid of storage jars. Later in the period, a colder climate with greater rainfall led to a decline in population, which contributed to an interest in ritual. Concentric stone circles first appeared during this time. [3]

During the Yayoi period, the Japanese people began to interact with the Chinese Han dynasty, whose knowledge and technical skills began to influence them. [3] The Japanese began to build raised-floor storehouses as granaries, which were constructed using metal tools like saws and chisels that began to appear at this time. A reconstruction in Toro, Shizuoka is a wooden box made of thick boards joined in the corners in a log cabin style and supported on eight pillars. The roof is thatched but, unlike the typically hipped roof of the pit dwellings, it is a simple V-shaped gable. [4] Some authors credit the raised structure designs of this period to contact with the rice-cultivating Austronesian peoples from coastal eastern China or Taiwan, rather than the Han. [5] [6]

The Kofun period marked the appearance of many-chambered burial mounds or tumuli (kofun literally means "old mounds"). Similar mounds in Korean Peninsula are thought to have been influenced by Japan. [7] Early in the period, the tombs, known as "keyhole kofun" or zenpō-kōen fun ( ja:前方後円墳 , lit. square in front, circular in back tomb-mound) , often made use of the existing topography, shaping it and adding man-made moats to form a distinctive keyhole shape, i.e. that of a circle interconnected with a triangle. Access was via a vertical shaft that was sealed off once the burial was completed. There was room inside the chamber for a coffin and grave goods. The mounds were often decorated with terracotta figures called haniwa. Later in the period mounds began to be located on flat ground and their scale greatly increased. Among many examples in Nara and Osaka, the most notable is the Daisen-kofun, designated as the tomb of Emperor Nintoku. The tomb covers 32 hectares (79 acres) and it is thought to have been decorated with 20,000 haniwa figures. [3]

Towards the end of the Kofun period, tomb burials faded out as Buddhist cremation ceremonies gained popularity. [3]

Reconstructed raised-floor building in Yoshinogari, Saga Prefecture, 2nd or 3rd century

Reconstructed pit dwelling houses in Yoshinogari

Reconstructed grain storehouse in Toro, Shizuoka

Reconstructed raised-floor building in Yoshinogari

The most significant contributor to architectural changes during the Asuka period was the introduction of Buddhism. New temples became centers of worship with tomb burial practices quickly became outlawed. [3] Also, Buddhism brought to Japan kami worship, the idea of permanent shrines and gave to Shinto architecture much of its present vocabulary.

Some of the earliest structures still extant in Japan are Buddhist temples established at this time. The oldest surviving wooden buildings in the world are found at Hōryū-ji, northeast of Nara. First built in the early 7th century as the private temple of Crown Prince Shōtoku, it consists of 41 independent buildings the most important ones, the main worship hall, or Kon-dō (金堂, Golden Hall), and the five-story pagoda), stand in the centre of an open area surrounded by a roofed cloister (kairō). The Kon-dō, in the style of Chinese worship halls, is a two-story structure of post-and-beam construction, capped by an irimoya, or hipped-gabled, roof of ceramic tiles. [8] [9]

Heijō-kyō, modern day Nara, was founded in 708 as the first permanent capital of the state of Japan. The layout of its checkerboard streets and buildings were modeled after the Chinese capital of Chang'an. The city soon became an important centre of Buddhist worship in Japan. [10] The most grandiose of these temples was Tōdai-ji, built to rival temples of the Chinese T'ang and Sui Dynasties. [11] Appropriately, the 16.2-m (53-ft) Buddha or Daibutsu (completed in 752) enshrined in the main hall is a Rushana Buddha, the figure that represents the essence of Buddhahood, just as Tōdai-ji represented the centre for imperially sponsored Buddhism and its dissemination throughout Japan. Only a few fragments of the original statue survive, and the present hall and central Buddha are reconstructions from the Edo period. Clustered around the main hall (the Daibutsuden) on a gently sloping hillside are a number of secondary halls: the Hokke-dō (Lotus Sutra Hall), [3] and the storehouse, called the Shōsō-in, and the adjoining Kōfuku-ji. This last structure is of great importance as an art-historical cache, because in it are stored the utensils that were used in the temple's dedication ceremony in 752, as well as government documents and many secular objects owned by the Imperial family. [12]

Kon-dō and pagoda at Hōryū-ji, Ikaruga, Nara
Built in 7th century

Pagoda at Yakushi-ji, Nara, Nara
Originally built in 730

Hokkedō at Tōdai-ji, Nara, Nara
Founded in 743

Shōsō-in at Tōdai-ji, Nara, Nara
Built in 8th century

Golden Temple at Tōshōdai-ji, Nara, Nara
Built in 8th century

Although the network of Buddhist temples across the country acted as a catalyst for an exploration of architecture and culture, this also led to the clergy gaining increased power and influence. Emperor Kanmu decided to escape this influence by moving his capital first to Nagaoka-kyō and then to Heian-kyō, known today as Kyōto. Although the layout of the city was similar to Nara's and inspired by Chinese precedents, the palaces, temples and dwellings began to show examples of local Japanese taste. [13]

Heavy materials like stone, mortar and clay were abandoned as building elements, with simple wooden walls, floors and partitions becoming prevalent. Native species like cedar (sugi) were popular as an interior finish because of its prominent grain, while pine (matsu) and larch (aka matsu) were common for structural uses. Brick roofing tiles and a type of cypress called hinoki were used for roofs. [14] It was sometime during this period that the hidden roof, a uniquely Japanese solution to roof drainage problems, was adopted. [15]

The increasing size of buildings in the capital led to an architecture reliant on columns regularly spaced in accordance with the ken, a traditional measure of both size and proportion. The Imperial Palace Shishinden demonstrated a style that was a precursor to the later aristocratic-style of building known as shinden-zukuri. The style was characterised by symmetrical buildings placed as arms that defined an inner garden. This garden then used borrowed scenery to seemingly blend with the wider landscape. [13]

The chief surviving example of shinden-zukuri architecture is the Hō-ō-dō ( 鳳凰堂 , Phoenix Hall, completed 1053) of Byōdō-in, a temple in Uji to the southeast of Kyōto. It consists of a main rectangular structure flanked by two L-shaped wing corridors and a tail corridor, set at the edge of a large artificial pond. [13] Inside, a single golden image of Amida (circa 1053) is installed on a high platform. Raigo (Descent of the Amida Buddha) paintings on the wooden doors of the Hō-ō-dō are often considered an early example of Yamato-e, Japanese-style painting, because they contain representations of the scenery around Kyōto.

The priest Kūkai (best known by the posthumous title Kōbō Daishi, 774–835) journeyed to China to study Shingon, a form of Vajrayana Buddhism, which he introduced into Japan in 806. At the core of Shingon worship are the various mandalas, diagrams of the spiritual universe that influenced temple design. [3] The temples erected for this new sect were built in the mountains, far away from the court and the laity in the capital. The irregular topography of these sites forced their designers to rethink the problems of temple construction, and in so doing to choose more indigenous elements of design. [16]

At this time the architectural style of Buddhist temples began to influence that of the Shintō shrines. For example, like their Buddhist counterparts the Shintō shrines began to paint the normally unfinished timbers with the characteristic red cinnabar colour. [16]

During the later part of the Heian Period there were the first documented appearances of vernacular houses in the minka style/form. These were characterized by the use local materials and labor, being primarily constructed of wood, having packed earth floors and thatched roofs. [17]

Phoenix Hall at Byōdō-in, Uji, Kyoto
Built in 1053

Typical minka-style gasshō-zukuri farmhouse

During the Kamakura period (1185–1333) and the following Muromachi period (1336–1573), Japanese architecture made technological advances that made it somewhat diverge from its Chinese counterpart. In response to native requirements such as earthquake resistance and shelter against heavy rainfall and the summer heat and sun, the master carpenters of this time responded with a unique type of architecture, [18] creating the Daibutsuyō and Zenshūyō styles. [19] [20] [21]

The Kamakura period began with the transfer of power in Japan from the imperial court to the Kamakura shogunate. During the Genpei War (1180–1185), many traditional buildings in Nara and Kyoto were damaged. For example, Kōfuku-ji and Tōdai-ji were burned down by Taira no Shigehira of the Taira clan in 1180. Many of these temples and shrines were later rebuilt by the Kamakura shogunate to consolidate the shōgun ' s authority. [3]

Although less elaborate than during the Heian period, architecture in the Kamakura period was informed by a simplicity due to its association with the military order. New residences used a buke-zukuri style that was associated with buildings surrounded by narrow moats or stockades. Defense became a priority, with buildings grouped under a single roof rather than around a garden. The gardens of the Heian period houses often became training grounds. [22]

After the fall of the Kamakura shogunate in 1333, the Ashikaga shogunate was formed, having later its seat in the Kyoto district of Muromachi. The proximity of the shogunate to the imperial court led to a rivalry in the upper levels of society which caused tendencies toward luxurious goods and lifestyles. Aristocratic houses were adapted from the simple buke-zukuri style to resemble the earlier shinden-zukuri style. A good example of this ostentatious architecture is the Kinkaku-ji in Kyōto, which is decorated with lacquer and gold leaf, in contrast to its otherwise simple structure and plain bark roofs. [22]

In an attempt to rein in the excess of the upper classes, the Zen masters introduced the tea ceremony. In architecture this promoted the design of chashitsu (tea houses) to a modest size with simple detailing and materials. The style informed residential architecture with lighter, more intimate buildings relying on slender rafters and pillars with sliding inner partitions fusuma and outer sliding walls shōji. [22] Although woven grass and straw tatami mats first began to appear in the Kamakura period, they were often thrown all over the floor. In the Muromachi period they began to have a regular size and be closely fitted together. A typically sized Chashitsu is 4 1/2 mats in size. [23] [24]

In the garden, Zen principles replaced water with sand or gravel to produce the dry garden (karesansui) like the one at Ryōan-ji. [25]

Jōdodō of Jōdo-ji, Ono, Hyōgo
Built in 1194

Danjogaran Fudo-dō in Mt. Kōya, Wakayama
Built in 1197.

Ginkaku-ji, Kyoto
Built in the 15th century

During the Azuchi–Momoyama period (1568–1600) Japan underwent a process of unification after a long period of civil war. It was marked by the rule of Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi, men who built castles as symbols of their power Nobunaga in Azuchi, the seat of his government, and Hideyoshi in Momoyama. The Ōnin War during the Muromachi period had led to rise of castle architecture in Japan. By the time of the Azuchi-Momoyama period each domain was allowed to have one castle of its own. Typically it consisted of a central tower or tenshu ( 天守 , lit. heaven defense) surrounded by gardens and fortified buildings. All of this was set within massive stone walls and surrounded by deep moats. The dark interiors of castles were often decorated by artists, the spaces were separated up using sliding fusuma panels and byōbu folding screens. [3]

The shoin style that had its origins with the chashitsu of the Muromachi period continued to be refined. Verandas linked the interiors of residential buildings with highly cultivated exterior gardens. Fusuma and byōbu became highly decorated with paintings and often an interior room with shelving and alcove (tokonoma) were used to display art work (typically a hanging scroll). [3]

Matsumoto, Kumamoto and Himeji (popularly known as the White Heron castle) are excellent examples of the castles of the period, while Nijō Castle in Kyōto is an example of castle architecture blended with that of an imperial palace, to produce a style that is more in keeping with the Chinese influence of previous centuries. [25]

Dry stone walls of Kumamoto Castle,
Completed in 1600.

Ninomaru Palace within Nijō Castle, Kyoto

A six-panel byōbu from the 17th century

The Tokugawa shogunate took the city of Edo (later to become part of modern-day Tōkyō) as their capital. They built an imposing fortress around which buildings of the state administration and residences for the provincial daimyōs were constructed. The city grew around these buildings connected by a network of roads and canals. By 1700 the population had swollen to one million inhabitants. The scarcity of space for residential architecture resulted in houses being built over two stories, often constructed on raised stone plinths. [25]

Although machiya (townhouses) had been around since the Heian period they began to be refined during the Edo period. Machiya typically occupied deep, narrow plots abutting the street (the width of the plot was usually indicative of the wealth of the owner), often with a workshop or shop on the ground floor. Tiles rather than thatch were used on the roof and exposed timbers were often plastered in an effort to protect the building against fire. [26] Ostentatious buildings that demonstrated the wealth and power of the feudal lords were constructed, such as the Kamiyashiki of Matsudaira Tadamasa or the Ōzone Shimoyashiki.

Edo suffered badly from devastating fires and the 1657 Great Fire of Meireki was a turning point in urban design. Initially, as a method of reducing fire spread, the government built stone embankments in at least two locations along rivers in the city. Over time these were torn down and replaced with dōzō storehouses that were used both as fire breaks and to store goods unloaded from the canals. The dōzō were built with a structural frame made of timber coated with a number of layers of earthen plaster on the walls, door and roof. Above the earthen roofs was a timber framework supporting a tiled roof. [27] Although Japanese who had studied with the Dutch at their settlement in Dejima advocated building with stone and brick this was not undertaken because of their vulnerability to earthquakes. [28] Machiya and storehouses from the later part of the period are characterised by having a black coloration to the external plaster walls. This colour was made by adding India ink to burnt lime and crushed oyster shell. [29]

The clean lines of the civil architecture in Edo influenced the sukiya style of residential architecture. Katsura Detached Palace and Shugaku-in Imperial Villa on the outskirts of Kyōto are good examples of this style. Their architecture has simple lines and decor and uses wood in its natural state. [30]

In the very late part of the period sankin-kōtai, the law requiring the daimyōs to maintain dwellings in the capital was repealed which resulted in a decrease in population in Edo and a commensurate reduction in income for the shogunate. [31]

Konponchudo of Enryaku-ji in Ōtsu, Shiga
Built in 1641

Inside the Shokintei at Katsura Imperial Villa, Kyoto
Built in 17th century

Three halls of Engyō-ji in Himeji, Hyōgo, Completed in 18th century

Townhouse with black (edoguro) colouring to upper floor

Towards the end of the Tokugawa shogunate, Western influence in architecture began to show in buildings associated with the military and trade, especially naval and industrial facilities. After the Emperor Meiji was restored to power (known as the Meiji Restoration) Japan began a rapid process of Westernization which led to the need for new building types such as schools, banks and hotels. [32] Early Meiji Architecture was initially influenced by colonial architecture in Chinese treaty ports such as Hong Kong. In Nagasaki, the British trader Thomas Glover built his own house in just such a style using the skill of local carpenters. His influence helped the career of architect Thomas Waters [ja] who designed the Osaka Mint in 1868, a long, low building in brick and stone with a central pedimented portico. [33] In Tōkyō, Waters designed the Commercial Museum, thought to have been the city's first brick building. [34]

In Tokyo, after the Tsukiji area burnt to the ground in 1872, the government designated the Ginza area as model of modernization. The government planned the construction of fireproof brick buildings, and larger, better streets connecting the Shimbashi Station and the foreign concession in Tsukiji, as well as to important government buildings. Designs for the area were provided by the British architect Thomas James Waters the Bureau of Construction of the Ministry of Finance was in charge of construction. In the following year, a Western-style Ginza was completed. "Bricktown" buildings were initially offered for sale, later they were leased, but the high rent meant that many remained unoccupied. Nevertheless, the area flourished as a symbol of "civilization and enlightenment", thanks to the presence of newspapers and magazine companies, who led the trends of the day. The area was also known for its window displays, an example of modern marketing techniques. The "Bricktown" of Ginza served as a model for many other modernization schemes in Japanese cities.

One of the prime examples of early western architecture was the Rokumeikan, a large two-story building in Tokyo, completed in 1883, which was to become a controversial symbol of Westernisation in the Meiji period. Commissioned for the housing of foreign guests by the Foreign Minister Inoue Kaoru, it was designed by Josiah Conder [ja] , a prominent foreign government advisors in Meiji Japan (o-yatoi gaikokujin). The Ryōunkaku was Japan's first western-style skyscraper, constructed in 1890 in Asakusa. However traditional architecture was still employed for new buildings, such as the Kyūden of Tokyo Imperial Palace, albeit with token western elements such as a spouting water fountain in the gardens. [35]

In contrast to Waters's neoclassical style building, Japanese carpenters developed a pseudo-Japanese style known as giyōfū [36] chiefly using wood. A good example of which is Kaichi Primary School in Nagano Prefecture built in 1876. The master carpenter Tateishi Kiyoshige travelled to Tōkyō to see which Western building styles were popular and incorporated these in the school with traditional building methods. Constructed with a similar method to traditional (kura ( 倉 ) ) storehouses, the wooden building plastered inside and out incorporates an octagonal Chinese tower and has stone-like quoins to the corners. [37] Traditional namako plasterwork was used at the base of the walls to give the impression that the building sits on a stone base. [38] Another example was the First National Bank building in Tokyo, built in 1872. [39]

The Japanese government also invited foreign architects to both work in Japan and teach new Japanese architects. One of these, the British architect Josiah Conder [ja] went on to train many of the most prominent of the Japanese Meiji era architects, including Kingo Tatsuno, Tatsuzō Sone and Tokuma Katayama. Tatsuno's early works had a Venetian style influenced by John Ruskin, but his later works such as the Bank of Japan (1896) and Tōkyō Station (1914) have a more Beaux-Arts feel. [40] On the other hand, Katayama was more influenced by the French Second Empire style which can be seen in the Nara National Museum (1894) and the Kyōto National Museum (1895). [41]

In 1920, a group of young architects formed the first organization of modernist architects. They were known as the Bunriha, literally "Secessionist group", inspired in part by the Vienna Secessionists. These architects were worried about the reliance on historical styles and decoration and instead encouraged artistic expression. They drew their influence from European movements like Expressionism and the Bauhaus [42] and helped pave the way towards the introduction of the International Style of Modernism. [43]

In the Taishō and early Shōwa periods two influential American architects worked in Japan. The first was Frank Lloyd Wright who designed the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo (1913–1923) and the Yodokō Guest House (1924), both of which used locally quarried Ōya stone. [44] Wright had a number of Japanese apprentices under his tutelage, such as Arata Endo, who constructed the Kōshien Hotel in 1930.

The second was Antonin Raymond who worked for Wright on the Imperial Hotel before leaving to set up his own practice in Tōkyō. Although his early works like Tōkyō Women's Christian College show Wright's influence, [45] he soon began to experiment with the use of in-situ reinforced concrete, detailing it in way that recalled traditional Japanese construction methods. [46] Between 1933 and 1937 Bruno Taut stayed in Japan. His writings, especially those on Katsura Imperial Villa reevaluated traditional Japanese architecture whilst bringing it to a wider audience. [47]

As in the Meiji era experience from abroad was gained by Japanese architects working in Europe. Among these were Kunio Maekawa and Junzo Sakakura who worked at Le Corbusier's atelier in Paris and Bunzō Yamaguchi and Chikatada Kurata who worked with Walter Gropius. [47]

Some architects built their reputation upon works of public architecture. Togo Murano, a contemporary of Raymond, was influenced by Rationalism and designed the Morigo Shoten office building, Tōkyō (1931) and Ube Public Hall, Yamaguchi Prefecture (1937). Similarly, Tetsuro Yoshida's rationalist modern architecture included the Tōkyō Central Post Office (1931) and Ōsaka Central Post Office (1939). [43]

Running contrary to modernism in Japan was the so-called Imperial Crown style (teikan yōshiki). Buildings in this style were characterised by having a Japanese-style roof such as the Tōkyō Imperial Museum (1937) by Hitoshi Watanabe and Nagoya City Hall and the Aichi Prefectural Government Office. The increasingly militaristic government insisted that major buildings be designed in a "Japanese Style" limiting opportunities for modernist design to works of infrastructure [48] such as Bunzō Yamaguchi's Number 2 Power Plant for the Kurobe Dam, (1938). [49]

A large number of buildings from the Meiji, Taishō and Shōwa eras were lost during and after World War II, such as the Rokumeikan. Taniguchi Yoshirō (谷口 吉郎, 1904–79), an architect, and Moto Tsuchikawa established Meiji Mura in 1965, close to Nagoya, where a large number of rescued buildings are re-assembled. A similar museum is the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum.

Colonial architecture Edit

The colonial authorities constructed a large number of public buildings, many of which have survived. Examples include the large-scale concept of what is today Ketagalan Boulevard in central Zhongzheng District of Taipei that showcases the Office of the Governor-General, Taiwan Governor Museum, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei Guest House, Judicial Yuan, the Kangyo Bank and Mitsui Bussan Company buildings, as well as many examples of smaller houses found on Qidong Street.

In Korea under Japanese administration, public buildings such as train stations and city halls were also constructed in various styles. Although the largest Japanese colonial building, the immense Government-General Building, was demolished in 1995, many colonial buildings have been preserved. These include the former Keijo City Hall, today Seoul Metropolitan Library the former Keijo station, today Old Seoul Station the former Bank of Chosen, designed by Tatsuno Kingo, today the headquarters of the Bank of Korea and the former branch of Mitsukoshi department store, today the flagship of Shinsegae department store.

After winning Dalian as the result of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05, Japan continued to build the Russian-built city with the modern buildings on "Large Square". With the conquest and establishment of the puppet state Manchukuo, massive funds and efforts were invested into the master plan for the construction of the capital city of Shinkyō (Hsinking). Many official buildings erected during the colonial period still stand today, including those of the Eight Grand Ministries of Manchukuo, the Imperial Palace, the headquarters of the Kwantung Army and Datong Avenue.

Former Osaka Shosen (now Mitsui O.S.K. Lines) Office Building in Taipei, built in 1937

Bank of Japan, Tokyo, Kingo Tatsuno [ja] , built in 1896

Sumitomo Building, Osaka, Eikichi Hasebe [ja] , built in 1924

Main building of Aichi Prefectural Office, Yoshitoki Nishimura [ja] , Jin Watanabe, built in 1938

Kurobe Dam No 2 Power Plant, Bunzō Yamaguchi [ja] , built in 1938

After the war and under the influence of the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers, General Douglas MacArthur, Japanese political and religious life was reformed to produce a demilitarised and democratic country. Although a new constitution was established in 1947, it was not until the beginning of the Korean War that Japan (as an ally of the United States) saw a growth in its economy brought about by the manufacture of industrial goods. [50] In 1946 the Prefabricated Housing Association was formed to try and address the chronic shortage of housing, and architects like Kunio Maekawa submitted designs. However, it was not until the passing of the Public Housing Act in 1951 that housing built by the private sector was supported in law by the government. [51] Also in 1946, the War Damage Rehabilitation Board put forward ideas for the reconstruction of thirteen Japanese cities. Architect Kenzō Tange submitted proposals for Hiroshima and Maebashi. [52]

In 1949, Tange's winning competition entry to design the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum gave him international acclaim. The project (completed in 1955) led to a series of commissions including the Kagawa Prefectural Office Building in Takamatsu (1958) and Old Kurashiki City Hall (1960). At this time both Tange and Maekawa were interested in the tradition of Japanese architecture and the influence of local character. This was illustrated at Kagawa with elements of Heian period design fused with the International Style. [53]

In 1955, Le Corbusier was asked by the Japanese government to design the National Museum of Western Art in Tōkyō. He was assisted by his three former students: Maekawa, Sakakura and Takamasa Yoshizaka. The design was based upon Le Corbusier's museum in Ahmedabad, and both of the museums are square and raised on piloti. [54]

Due largely to the influence of Tange, the 1960 World Design Conference was held in Tōkyō. A small group of Japanese designers who came to represent the Metabolist Movement presented their manifesto and a series of projects. The group included the architects Kiyonori Kikutake, Masato Ōtaka, Kisho Kurokawa and Fumihiko Maki. Originally known as the Burnt Ash School, the Metabolists associated themselves with idea of renewal and regeneration, rejecting visual representations of the past and promoting the idea that the individual, the house and the city were all parts of a single organism. Although the individual members of the group went in their own directions after a few years the enduring nature of their publications meant that they had a longer presence overseas. The international symbol of the Metabolists, the capsule, emerged as an idea in the late 1960s and was demonstrated in Kurokawa's Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tōkyō in 1972. [55]

In the 1960s Japan saw both the rise and the expansion of large construction firms, including the Shimizu Corporation and Kajima. Nikken Sekkei emerged as a comprehensive company that often included elements of Metabolist design in its buildings. [56]

The 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo saw a large boost to new design. Venues were constructed and the Yoyogi National Gymnasium, built between 1961 and 1964 by Kenzo Tange, became a landmark structure famous for its suspension roof design, recalling traditional elements of Shinto shrines. Other structures include the Nippon Budokan, the Komazawa Gymnasium and many others. The Olympic Games symbolised the re-emergence of Japan after the destruction of World War II, reflecting the new confidence in its architecture.

During the 1960s there were also architects who did not see the world of architecture in terms of Metabolism. For example, Kazuo Shinohara specialised in small residential projects in which he explored traditional architecture with simple elements in terms of space, abstraction and symbolism. In the Umbrella House (1961) he explored the spatial relationship between the doma (earth-paved internal floor) and the raised tatami floor in the living room and sleeping room. This relationship was explored further with the House with an Earthen floor (1963) where a tamped-down earthen floor was included in the kitchen area. His use of a roof to anchor his design for the House in White (1966) has been compared with Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Houses. Shinohara explored these abstractions as "Three Styles", which were periods of design that stretched from the early sixties to the mid seventies. [57]

A former employee of Kenzo Tange was Arata Isozaki who was initially interested in the Metabolist Movement and produced innovative theoretical projects for the City in the Air (1961) and Future City (1962). However he soon moved away from this towards a more Mannerist approach similar to the work of James Stirling. This was particularly striking at the Oita Branch for Fukuoka Mutual (1967) with its mathematical grids, concrete construction and exposed services. In the Gunma Prefectural Museum (1971–74) he experimented with cubic elements (some of them twelve metres to a side) overlaid by a secondary grid expressed by the external wall panels and fenestration. This rhythm of panelling may have been influenced by Corbusier's detailing on the Museum of Western Art in Tōkyō. [58]

Japanese cities where they lack European-like piazzas and squares often emphasise the relationship of people with the everyday workings of the street. Fumihiko Maki was one of a number of architects who were interested in the relationship of architecture and the city and this can be seen in works like Ōsaka Prefectural Sports Centre (1972) and Spiral in Tōkyō (1985). Likewise, Takefumi Aidaja:相田武文 (member of the group known as ArchiteXt) rejected the ideas of the Metabolist Movement and explored urban semiology. [59]

In the late seventies and early eighties Tadao Ando's architecture and theoretical writings explored the idea of Critical regionalism – the idea of promoting local or national culture within architecture. Ando's interpretation of this was demonstrated by his idea of reacquainting the Japanese house with nature, a relationship he thought had been lost with Modernist architecture. His first projects were for small urban houses with enclosed courtyards (such as the Azuma House in Ōsaka in 1976). His architecture is characterised by the use of concrete, but it has been important for him to use the interplay of light, through time, with this and other materials in his work. [60] His ideas about the integration of nature converted well into larger projects such as the Rokkō Housing 1 (1983) (on a steep site on Mount Rokkō) and the Church on the Water (1988) in Tomamu, Hokkaidō. [61]

The late eighties saw the first work by architects of the so-called "Shinohara" school. This included Toyō Itō and Itsuko Hasegawa who were both interested in urban life and the contemporary city. Itō concentrated on the dynamism and mobility of the city's "urban nomads" with projects like the Tower of Winds (1986) which integrated natural elements like light and wind with those of technology. Hasegawa concentrated on what she termed "architecture as another nature". Her Shōnandai Cultural Centre in Fujisawa (1991) combined the natural environment with new high-tech materials. [62]

Highly individualist architects of the late eighties included the monumental buildings of Shin Takamatsu and the "cosmic" work of Masaharu Takasaki. [63] Takasaki, who worked with the Austrian architect Günther Domenig in the 1970s shares Domenig's organic architecture. His Zero Cosmology House of 1991 in Kagoshima Prefecture constructed from concrete has a contemplative egg-shaped "zero space" at its centre. [64]

Kanagawa Prefectural Library and Music Hall, Yokohama, built in 1954

Kirin Plaza, Ōsaka, built in 1987 (now demolished)

Zero House, Kagoshima, built in 1991

The Heisei period began with the collapse of the so-called "bubble economy" that had previously boosted Japan's economy. Commissions for commercial works of architecture virtually dried up and architects relied upon government and prefectural organisations to provide projects. [65]

Building on elements from the Shōnandai Culture Centre, Itsuko Hasegawa undertook a number cultural and community centres throughout Japan. These included the Sumida Cultural Centre (1995) and the Fukuroi Community Centre (2001) where she involved the public in the process of design whilst exploring her own ideas about the filtration of light through the external walls into the interior. [66] In his 1995 competition win for Sendai Mediatheque, Toyō Itō continued his earlier thoughts about fluid dynamics within the modern city with "seaweed-like" columns supporting a seven-story building wrapped in glass. [67] His work later in the period, for example, the library to Tama Art University in Tōkyō in 2007 demonstrates more expressive forms, rather than the engineered aesthetic of his earlier works. [68]

Although Tadao Ando became well known for his use of concrete, he began the decade designing the Japanese pavilion at the Seville Exposition 1992, with a building that was hailed as "the largest wooden structure in the world". He continued with this medium in projects for the Museum of Wood Culture, Kami, Hyōgo Prefecture (1994) and the Komyo-ji Shrine in Saijo (2001). [69] [70]

The UK practice, Foreign Office Architects won an international competition in 1994 to design the Yokohama International Port Terminal. It is an undulating structure that emerges from the surrounding city and forms a building to walk over as well as into. [71] Klein Dytham Architecture are one of a handful of foreign architects who managed to gain a strong foothold in Japan. Their design for Moku Moku Yu (literally "wood wood steam"), a communal bathhouse in Kobuchizawa, Yamanashi Prefecture in 2004 is a series of interconnected circular pools and changing rooms, flat-roofed and clad in coloured vertical timbers. [72]

After the 1995 Kōbe earthquake, Shigeru Ban developed cardboard tubes that could be used to quickly construct refugee shelters that were dubbed "Paper Houses". Also as part of that relief effort he designed a church using 58 cardboard tubes that were 5m high and had a tensile roof that opened up like an umbrella. The church was erected by Roman Catholic volunteers in five weeks. [73] For the Nomadic Museum, Ban used walls made of shipping containers, stacked four high and joined at the corners with twist connectors that produced a checkerboard effect of solid and void. The ancillary spaces were made with paper tubes and honeycomb panels. The museum was designed to be disassembled and it subsequently moved from New York, to Santa Monica, Tōkyō and Mexico. [74]

Historian and architect Terunobu Fujimori's studies in the 1980s into so-called architectural curios found in the city inspired the work of a younger generation of architects such as the founders of Atelier Bow-Wow. Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kajima surveyed the city for "no-good" architecture for their book Made in Tokyo in 2001. Their work in turn seeks to embrace its context rather than block it out. Although their office in Tōkyō is on a tight site they have welcomed the city in with huge windows and spacious porches. [75]

Sou Fujimoto's architecture relies upon a manipulation of basic building blocks to produce a geometric primitivism. His buildings are very sensitive to the topographical form of their context and include a series of houses as well as a children's home in Hokkaidō. [76]

Two former employees of Toyō Itō, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa formed a collaborative partnership in 1995 called SANAA. They are known for creating lightweight, transparent spaces that expose the fluidity and movement of their occupants. Their Dior store in Shibuya, Tōkyō, in 2001 was reminiscent of Itō's Mediatheque, with cool white acrylic sheets on the external facade that filter the light and partially reveal the store's contents. [77] Their dynamic of fluidity is demonstrated by the Rolex Learning Centre at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, completed in 2010. This building has an undulating floor plane set under a continuous concrete shell roof that was poured in one go over two days. The plan is like a biological cell punctuated with tables and courtyards alike. [78] In 2009 they designed the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London that comprised a reflective, floating aluminium roof supported by slender columns. [79]

The Church of the Light, Ibaraki, Ōsaka, built in 1989

Japanese pavilion at the 1992 Seville Exposition
Built in 1992

Museum for Wood Culture, Kami, Hyogo Prefecture
Built in 1994

Yokohama International Port Terminal
Built between 1994 and 2002

Paper Church, Kōbe
Built in 1995

Yamanashi Fruit Museum
Built in 1996

Tama Art University Library, Tōkyō
Built in 2007

Japanese interior design has a unique aesthetic derived from Shinto, Taoism, Zen Buddhism, specific religious figures and the west. This aesthetic has in turn influenced western style, particularly Modernism.

Traditional Japanese aesthetic Edit

What is generally identified as the Japanese aesthetic stems from ideals of Japanese Shinto and Chinese Taoism. [80] Japanese culture is extremely diverse despite this, in terms of the interior, the aesthetic is one of simplicity and minimalism.

The specific idea that a room's true beauty is in the empty space within the roof and walls came from Laozi, a philosopher and the founder of Taoism, who held to the "aesthetic ideal of emptiness", [80] believing that the mood should be captured in the imagination, and not so heavily dictated by what is physically present. [80] Japanese design is based strongly on craftsmanship, beauty, elaboration, and delicacy. The design of interiors is very simple but made with attention to detail and intricacy. This sense of intricacy and simplicity in Japanese designs is still valued in modern Japan as it was in traditional Japan. [81]

Interiors are very simple, highlighting minimal and natural decoration. Traditional Japanese interiors, as well as modern, incorporate mainly natural materials including fine woods, bamboo, silk, rice straw mats, and paper shōji screens. Natural materials are used to keep simplicity in the space that connects to nature. Natural color schemes are used and neutral palettes including black, white, off-white, gray, and brown. [82]

Impermanence is a strong theme in traditional Japanese dwellings. [80] The size of rooms can be altered by interior sliding walls or screens, the already mentioned shōji. Cupboards built smoothly into the wall hide futon, mattresses pulled out before going to bed, allowing more space to be available during the day. The versatility of these dwellings becomes more apparent with changes of seasons. In summer, for example, exterior walls can be opened to bring the garden and cooling breezes in. The minimal decoration also alters seasonally, with a different scroll hanging or new flower arrangement.

The Japanese aesthetic developed further with the celebration of imperfection and insufficiency, characteristics resulting from the natural ageing process or darkening effect. [83] Shinto, the indigenous religious tradition of Japan, provides a basis for the appreciation of these qualities, holding to a philosophy of appreciation of life and the world. Sei Shōnagon was a trend-setting court lady of the tenth century who wrote in ‘The Pillow Book’ of her dislike for "a new cloth screen with a colourful and cluttered painting of many cherry blossoms", [83] preferring instead to notice "that one’s elegant Chinese mirror has become a little cloudy". [83] Her taste was not out of place in the ancient Japanese court. In the twelfth century a Buddhist monk, Yoshida Kenkō, exerted his influence on Japanese aesthetic sensibility resulting from his philosophy of life. He asked, "Are we to look at cherry blossoms only in full bloom, the moon only when it is cloudless? . Branches about to blossom or garden strewn with faded flowers are worthier of our admiration." [83] The incomplete is also praised by Kenkō, "uniformity and completeness are undesirable". [83] Underpinning or complementing these aesthetic ideals, is the valuing of contrast when imperfection or the impoverished is contrasted with perfection or opulence, each is emphasised and thus better appreciated. [83]

Traditional materials of the interior Edit

Japanese interior design is very efficient in the use of resources. Traditional and modern Japanese interiors have been flexible in use and designed mostly with natural materials. The spaces are used as multifunctional rooms. The rooms can be opened to create more space for a particular occasion or for more privacy, or vice versa closed-off by pulling closed paper screens called shōji. [84]

Japanese Zen interior designs draw inspiration from elements of nature as they have immense respect for nature. Their designs have a strong connection with natural elements such as wood, plants, natural lighting and more.

A large portion of Japanese interior walls are often made of shōji screens that can be pushed open to join two rooms together, and then close them allowing more privacy. The shōji screens are made of paper attached to thin wooden frames that roll away on a track when they are pushed. Another important feature of the shōji screen, besides privacy and seclusion, is that they allow light through. This is an important aspect to Japanese design. Paper translucent walls allow light to be diffused through the space and create light shadows and patterns.

Tatami mats are rice straw floor mats often used to cover the floor in Japan's interiors in modern Japanese houses there are usually only one or two tatami rooms. Another way to connect rooms in Japan's interiors is through sliding panels made of wood and paper, like the shōji screens, or cloth. These panels are called fusuma and are used as an entire wall. They are traditionally hand painted. [84]

Tatami are the basis of traditional Japanese architecture, regulating a building's size and dimensions. They originated in ancient Japan when straw was laid on bare earth as a softener and warmer. In the Heian Period (794–1185), this idea developed into moveable mats that could be laid anywhere in the house to sit or sleep on before becoming a permanent floor covering in the fifteenth century. [80] Tatami are suitable for the Japanese climate because they let air circulate around the floor. [80] [84]

Bamboo is prominently used and even expected in the Japanese house, used both for decorative and functional purposes. Bamboo blinds, sudare, replace shoji in summer to prevent excess heat inside and also offer greater ventilation. Country dwellings and farmhouses often use it for ceilings and rafters. [80] The natural properties of bamboo, its raw beauty with the knots and smooth surface, correspond to Japanese aesthetic ideals of imperfection, contrast and the natural.

The use of paper, or washi, in Japanese buildings is a main component in the beauty and atmosphere of the Japanese interior, the way variation of shadow combines to create a "mystery of shadows". [80] A range of papers are used for various purposes in the home.

Wood is generally used for the framework of the home, but its properties are valuable in the Japanese aesthetic, namely its warmth and irregularity.

A recessed space called tokonoma is often present in traditional as well as modern Japanese living rooms. This is the focus of the room and displays Japanese art, usually a painting or calligraphy.

Western influence Edit

After the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Japan's relations to Euro-American powers became more prominent and involved. [85] This spilled into a broader interacting with the modern world, which in terms of interior design, resulted in the introduction of western style interiors, while the vernacular style came to be more associated with tradition and the past. [85] The typical interiors found in Japanese homes and western homes in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were vastly different with almost opposing attitudes to furniture, versatility of space and materials. [85]

Many public spaces had begun to incorporate chairs and desks by the late nineteenth century, department stores adopted western-style displays a new "urban visual and consumer culture" was emerging. [85] In the domestic sphere, the manner and dress of inhabitants were determined by the interior style, Japanese or Western. One of the examples is the Hōmei-Den of the Meiji era Tokyo Imperial Palace, which fused Japanese styles such as the coffered ceiling with western parquet floor and chandeliers.

There was a push by bureaucrats for Japan to develop into a more "modern" (Western) culture. The modernising of the home was considered the best way to change the daily life of the people. [85] Much of the reason for modernisation was a desire to "present a ‘civilised’ face to the world, thus helping to secure Japan's position as a modern nation in the world order". [85] Even with governmental encouragement to transform the home, the majority Japanese people still lived in fairly traditional style dwellings well into the 1920s, [85] partly due to economic situation in the early 1910s that meant western style was out of reach for the majority of people. It was also difficult to incorporate furniture into traditional dwellings due to their small size and intended flexible use of space, a flexibility made difficult to maintain when bulky furniture was involved it was impractical, but aesthetically incongruent too.

Influence on the West Edit

Some of the earliest influence on the West came in the form of Japanese art, which gained popularity in Europe in particular, in the latter part of the nineteenth century. [86] In terms of architecture and interior design though, the influence on the West is much more centered on the United States of America. [87]

Before the twentieth century, very little of the West's knowledge of the Japanese building was gained in Japan. Instead it was gained through exhibitions the Japanese partook in such as the 1876 Centennial International Exhibition in Philadelphia. [87] The early influence of such exhibitions was more in the creation of an enthusiasm for things Japanese instead of something more authentic. [87] The result was exuberant Japanese decoration, the simplicity of Japanese design lost in the clutter of Victorian ostentation. [87]

During the twentieth century though, a number of now renowned architects visited Japan including Frank Lloyd Wright, Ralph Adams Cram, Richard Neutra and Antonin Raymond. These architects, among others, played significant roles in bringing the Japanese influence to Western modernism. [87] Influence from the Far East was not new in America at this time. During the eighteenth and a large part of the nineteenth centuries, a taste for Chinese art and architecture existed and often resulted in a "superficial copying". The Japanese influence was different however. The modernist context, and the time leading up to it, meant that architects were more concerned with "the problem of building, rather than in the art of ornamenting". [87] The simplicity of Japanese dwellings contrasted the oft-esteemed excessive decoration of the West. The influence of Japanese design was thus not so much that it was directly copied but rather, "the west discovered the quality of space in traditional Japanese architecture through a filter of western architectural values". [88] The culture that created traditional Japanese architecture is so far removed from Western values philosophies of life that it could not be directly applied in a design context.

Boy and Girl Guest

The Boy and Girl Guests are the protagonists of Gregory Horror Show: Soul Collector. The player plays as one of these characters depending on the gender the player gave at the beginning of the game. The body of a young child is loaned to the player by Death so the Guest can gather the Lost Souls the hotel's residents are carrying. Ultimately, the Guest gathers all the souls, returns them to Death, and escapes to reality, but then realizes the nature of the hotel and eventually returns. The Boy guest became the player's main character in the first arc of Gregory Horror Show: Lost Qualia upon entering the hotel in a middle of a struggle between Gregory and the hotel residence against an antagonistic entity known as "That man" and his minions. the guest becomes an unlikely hero of Gregory House that must form an alliance with Gregory and the other residences and take back the hotel. In the second arc, Girl guest was introduced with an entirely new design as a playable character during the start of the game, and takes a job at the hotel alongside the boy guest as Deputy manager upholding Gregory house and taking up quests from other residences.

Grassy Plains

The Grassy Plains is a location in Reveria. The Grassy Plains is located near South Castele. Via the East Grassy Plains you can travel to the West Grassy Plains where Farley's Plantation and Florina's House are placed. On the west side the East Grassy Plains is Haniwa Cave. If you travel to the north east on East Grassy Plains, you reach the Elderwood and Mt. Snowpeak.

On the map, Haniwa Cave is marked a little bit off. Don't let that discourage you for it can actually be found very easily. You will need to visit Haniwa Cave for the first set of Missions of both the Mage and the Miner.

You can also reach Mt. Snowpeak and Tortuga by crossing the Grassy Plains.

Watch the video: Japans mysterious keyhole tombs - BBC REEL (June 2022).


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