Edo Period (1603-1868) Ageya
Geisha houses are called Okiya. An Ageya is a larger facility made to be a house of entertainment (performance), restaurant and salon. The Geishas would be summoned from thier respective okiyas to Sumiya to perform and otherwise serve, entertain and occompany the respected guests. This type of architecture is indicative of the rising merchant class in Japan at this time. Sumiya is the regarded as the finest example of Ageya architecture surviving today and once housed meetings of Kyoto's top artists and intelectuals.
(unfortunately no pictures were allowed upstairs)
bamboo bench at garden entry
fold down waiting bench
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