A small building tucked inside a quiet, leafy alleyway of a central Tokyo neighborhood has been dubbed the “Catch A Visitor” of the country’s diplomatic mission in the United States.
The building, named after the first Japanese visitor to the US, is located inside the Japanese embassy in Washington D.C. The interior design is part of the institute’s mission to promote Japanese culture in the US.
The institute’s executive director, Makoto Kawashima, told News24 the building is designed to encourage visitors to be curious about Japanese history and culture, particularly the influence of Japanese artists and architecture in the development of the US capital.
In a nod to the diplomatic mission’s role as a hub for Japanese culture, the building also houses a large Japanese flag, which was installed on a balcony overlooking the entrance to the Japanese consulate. “
In this building, visitors can find that sense of being at home in Japan.”
In a nod to the diplomatic mission’s role as a hub for Japanese culture, the building also houses a large Japanese flag, which was installed on a balcony overlooking the entrance to the Japanese consulate.
Kawashims said the flag is an homage to the first visitor to Washington D and a reminder of the long history of the relationship between Japan and the US that began in the early 19th century.
“The flag is a way to show our gratitude for the friendship between the two countries,” he said.
The building has a Japanese menu and includes a Japanese art gallery, Japanese garden, Japanese-style Japanese tea room and Japanese-inspired Japanese furniture.
“It’s a space where visitors can enjoy their own Japanese food and culture and also have a look at the beautiful American buildings,” Kawashimi said.