The roof details of a hall at Ninomaru Palace, Nijo-jo, Kyoto. Constructed using cypress and adorned with elaborate carvings, the roofs represent quintessential ancient Japanese architecture. Ninomaru Palace is also famous for its nightingale floors. Designed to protect the shogun and his consort from assassins, the wooden floorboards squeak like birds (or mice, if you’re not the romantic sort) whenever anybody walks on them.


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