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Rare drone footage of Tokyo's state guesthouse highlights traditional beauty

A statue of samurai armor is seen on the roof of the State Guest House, Akasaka Palace, in Tokyo in this image taken from a drone. (Mainichi)
The State Guest House, Akasaka Palace in Tokyo is surrounded by greenery in this image taken from a drone. (Mainichi)

Drone footage of the State Guest House, Akasaka Palace in the Akasaka district of Tokyo, has been captured by the Mainichi Shimbun for the first time, providing a close-up look at the detail of sculptures on the roof that are difficult to see from the ground.

The Neo-Baroque palace was built in 1909, and is designated as a national treasure. The operation of drones near important government facilities is normally banned, but the Mainichi obtained government permission to take the footage.

The video shows that the main building and the garden leading to it is built symmetrically. On the roof, whose light green copper rust provides a beautiful contrast with its surroundings, there are statues of samurai armor, among other sculptures.

The site of the palace once housed the Edo nakayashiki residence of the Kishu Tokugawa clan, which may have provided some inspiration for the Japanese designs at the palace.

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