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At the time 270 years ago, rooms like this were apparently not so very uncommon. Today, this is the only one you can find. Aogai-no-ma. A dark grey-blue clay finish (kujo-tsuchi, also no longer findable) blackened by soot features intricate designs of abalone inlay. The room itself is considered a China-inspired party room. The blackness of the walls and the ceiling are from the multitude of candles that would be lit each night, throughout the centuries. Sparkly! and incidentally, it was the soot from all these candles that has preserved the cat-tail stalks that created this rarely seen ceiling.

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