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The Jurakudai
Jurakudai
or Jurakutei (聚楽第) was a lavish palace constructed at the order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Toyotomi Hideyoshi
in Kyoto, Japan. Construction began in 1586, when Hideyoshi had taken the post of kanpaku, and required 19 months. The location is in present-day Kamigyō, on the site where the Imperial palace had stood in the Heian period. Hideyoshi moved to Jurakudai
Jurakudai
from Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle
following completion, just after his victory over the Shimazu family
Shimazu family
in Kyūshū. He made it the base for his administration. In 1588, Hideyoshi held a lavish entertainment of the reigning Emperor Go-Yōzei before the assembled daimyō. He also met Tokugawa Ieyasu here. He provided quarters for Sen no Rikyū within the grounds, and hosted the famous Great Kitano Tea Ceremony in nearby Kitano in 1587. Hideyoshi resigned the post of Kanpaku
Kanpaku
in 1591, and his nephew Toyotomi Hidetsugu
Toyotomi Hidetsugu
assumed the position, taking residence at Jurakudai with his another nephew, Toyotomi Hidekatsu. Hidetsugu hosted a second visit by the same emperor. In 1594, construction began on Hideyoshi's new Fushimi Castle, and when, in 1595, Hidetsugu was forced to commit seppuku, the Jurakudai
Jurakudai
was dismantled, with many parts being reassembled at Fushimi Castle.

Front gate of Myōkaku-ji

Said to have had gold leaf on the roofing tiles, the Jurakudai
Jurakudai
was extremely lavish. Although it was a residential palace, it had defensive ramparts and moats typical of a castle. Some buildings of the Jurakudai
Jurakudai
survive, among them the Hiun-kaku at Nishi Hongan-ji, the Karamon
Karamon
at Daitoku-ji, and the front gate at Myōkaku-ji (all in Kyoto). Recent excavations have yielded some tiles bearing gold leaf. External links[edit] Media related to Jurakudai
Jurakudai
at Wikimedia Commons

Discovery of tiles (in Japanese)

Coordinates: 35°01′30″N 135°44′45″E / 35.02500°N 135.74583°E / 3

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