Meguro Gajoen, established in 1931, started as a first class Japanese restaurant. Later, they added an annex, banquet rooms, guest rooms, and wedding hall. It was Japan’s very first wedding hall. The original buildings don’t exist anymore except for “the Stairway of 100 Steps” and its seven unique banquet rooms. The stairs and rooms (they truly are unique and spectacular) are open to the public on a restricted basis, but please note that taking photos is strictly prohibited.
The inside of the modern building is nicely decorated with seasonal flowers and wooden panels, all with an authentic Japanese flavor. The most attractive thing for me were the colorful wooden panels flanking the long approach in. They depict the customs of Japan's Edo era, depicting beautiful Japanese women in kimono.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。