Standing flowers on the cedar doors
Here, the most cultured men of the time gathered and deepened their friendships through a mutual appreciation of beauty.
A 17th-century pair of Rikka “Standing Flowers” paintings on a set of cedar doors at the villa provides evidence of one such exchange.
Ichijō Ekan invited the second-generation grand master of the Ikenobō School of Ikebana flower arrangement, Ikenobō
Senkō (1575-1658), to arrange some flowers there and had someone paint the resulting arrangements.