That depends on which way you turn when you get to the landing halfway up. We’ll make the choice for you: Turn left.
At the top, you enter a traditional Japanese-style room, with tatami mats on the floor and an alcove for flowers and other decorations. This was part of the family’s living space, but more than that. For ceremonies and social occasions, they would remove the wood-framed sliding panels to expose a second room, where you would be standing if you had turned right at the staircase landing. Together the two rooms made a great hall that could be decorated to suit a variety of special events. Overhead, the roof is supported by trusses in the wagoya style, with vertical supports and no diagonals
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