Near the banks of the river Asano, there is a district where “chaya” (tea houses) – two-story wood structures with lattice doors – still remain standing, just like they did during the days of the provincial government.
Patrons’ Quarters (@ Shima)
The second floor is purposefully built to entertain patrons. But “entertainment” involved koto (Japanese horizontal harp), shamisen (Japanese three-string instrument), Japanese traditional dance, chanting of Noh songs, chanoyu, as well as Japanese poetry of all kinds. It was required of the entertainers to be highly skilled and educated in various art forms.
Red Lacquer Stairs; Gold Foil Tea Room (@ Ka’ika-ro’u)