Silver Pavilion

Kyoto, Japan

Yoshimasa, a cultivated aesthete but a weak ruler, aspired to emulate his grandfather by covering the pavilion in silver foil. Although this project was never realized, the small building became the center of Japanese art and culture where, under Yoshimasa's patronage, the arts of painting, tea ceremony, moon viewing, incense appreciation, banqueting, flower arrangement, and poetry were cultivated. The bottom of his pavilion is built in Shinden style, and the top in Zen style, omitting the Samurai Style of his predecessor.