Since October 30, the Institute of Japanese Culture of Rome open to the public throughout the year, remaining closed only at Christmas and in the summer months of July and August. New openings to take in the first instance of Foreign Cultural Institute in Italy, his story began a long time ago want to be an example of cultural openness to Japan.
The Japanese Cultural Institute in Rome was built to open a door to the Japanese culture in Italy. For this project, the Japanese government began negotiations with the Italian government before the Second World War, but in 1962 there was the official opening. After ten years, the Japanese government decided to establish a foundation that was taken care of handling all the activities of the Institute, from the structure to events.
The building covers 2,568 square meters divided into two floors, surrounded by a beautiful garden.
Inside you can find an Auditorium consists of a stage and the audience was born to host performances, concerts, film screenings; for educational and cultural events, the Institute provides the evocative Takenoma, a room made entirely of bamboo and windows with Shoji and an exhibition hall that overlooks the Japanese garden with large windows and a mezzanine space where you place the pieces of art. The central heat with a library that can hold 32,600 volumes to consult and borrow.
The entire structure of the Japanese Heian has a style, which combines the typically modern harmony of lines and originality. The architect who designed this fantastic property is Yoshida Isoya that has tried to put together concrete and wood choosing one of the Heian period, to maintain the characteristics of Japan, characterized by a contrast of dark wood and the white of its walls. The finishing, the fabrics used to decorate the walls, the gold, the curtains and sliding paper doors Shoji calls, are all unique and original decorative elements from Japan.
The most impressive of the Japanese is the garden, conceived and designed by Ken Nakajima and is the only example in Italy of Japanese garden because it is characterized by all its essential elements and traditional. The garden-style Sen'en predicted the pond, as a distinctive element, the waterfall, a wooden bridge dotted with stone lamps that illuminate it at night. The selected plants are cherry, wisteria, iris and dwarf pines that in their flowering period provide a unique spectacle, with its soft colors which can be viewed from the most beautiful point of the Institute or the Tsuridono, the veranda is able to offer a show only.