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'Asagi' Color - Machiya House Features

Do you love this traditional asagi color? The name of this Japanese house is ‘Asagi-an’, inspired by the blue-green ‘asagi’ color worn by the Shinsengumi (masterless samurai warriors who policed Kyoto city during the final years of the Edo Period). Depending on who you ask, the Shinsengumi warriors are either heroes or violent assassins — but that is a story for another day!

One thing the Shinsengumi are known for is their asagi-colored uniform, which was modeled after a character of a traditional Kabuki play. It is said that a top Shinsengumi leader chose this asagi color, because he believed that the Kabuki character who wore the asagi-colored uniform was the embodiment of a loyal samurai warrior. (😅However, as the bright asagi color was very visible on the streets of Kyoto, the uniform was not worn very often…)

We hope you remember this little piece of history during your stay at our traditional Japanese house, ‘Asagi-an’ Machiya House!

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    The traditional Japanese house's living room has a washi wall, done in 'asagi' turquoise blue.
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    Enjoy Japanese artwork inside this Kyoto house, with this replica of a grand mural found in the famous Nijo Castle.
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    Enjoy a cup of tea in the Japanese room, as you gaze out into the private tsuboniwa garden at this Kyoto house.
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    Find hints of 'asagi' turquoise blue throughout this private traditional Japanese house, located in the Shijo area near Nishiki Market.
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    The sleek and modern bathroom, complete with rainfall shower, in this Kyoto house has a view of the garden from the bathtub.
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    In addition to a western-style bedroom, Asagi-an Machiya House also has a traditional Japanese style bedroom, showcasing the beauty of Japanese architecture.

Looking for the best place to stay in Kyoto? Stay in a traditional Japanese house (machiya) during your next visit to Kyoto, Japan.
With MACHIYA RESIDENCE INN, you can rent a private traditional Japanese house – a great alternative to a Kyoto hotel that is perfect for short or long stays!

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