Prince Kimmochi Saionji (1849-1940), the most venerated aristocrat and a Nestor of the political world during the Taisho and early Showa period, was a man of plain taste. When he was seventy-one years old, he built this villa on the beautiful seacoast of Okitsu, Shimizu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, in order to retreat from the world of politics. He named the villa ‘Zagyo-so (Village for Resting and Fishing),’ intending to be a hermit. The villa, however, was frequently visited by a number of men of politics who asked advice from him. The villa was forced to be dismantled owing to the coast construction work and was rebuilt in the Meiji-Mura in 1971.


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