Home of a diplomat

The Home of a Diplomat was built in 1910 on Minamihiradai in Shibuya, Tokyo, as the residence of Sadatsuchi Uchida, a diplomat of the Meiji government who served as the Consul General of New York and the Ambassador of Japan to Turkey. The designer is JM Gardiner, an American who came to Japan as a teacher at Rikkyo University and later worked as an architect. The two-story wooden building has a tower, a natural slate-roofed roof, and clapboard exterior walls, with a strong American Victorian influence of ornate decoration. On the 1st floor, there are heavy rooms such as a dining room and large and small guest rooms, and on the 2nd floor, there are rooms with a sense of life such as a bedroom and a study. The furniture and decorations of these rooms show the Art Nouveau design as well as the American influence of Arts and Crafts (a 19th century British arts and crafts reform movement). In 1997, Yokohama City received a donation from Mr. Miyairi, the grandson of Mr. Sadatsuchi Uchida, and relocated it to the Yamate Italian Garden and opened it to the public. In the same year, it was designated as a national important cultural property. Furniture and furnishings have been reproduced in the room so that you can experience the life of a diplomat at that time. In each exhibition room, materials about the features of the building, Gardiner's works, the life of diplomats, etc. are exhibited. In addition, there is a coffee shop in the annex building.
  • Shop/Spot name
    Home of a diplomat -->
  • Address
    16 Yamate-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
  • Tel
  • Business hours
    9: 30-17: 00 (extended until 18:00 in July and August) * The coffee shop is available from 10:00 to 16:00. [Closed] 2nd Wednesday (Open on public holidays and closed the next day), New Year holidays (12 / 29-1 / 3 of the following year)



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