The Japanese Room owes its name to the superb silk tapestries on the walls given by the Japanese Government. In this room, you can also spot gifts from other countries: in the corners of the room you see impressive man-sized Chinese cloisonné temple vases on wooden pedestals donated by the last emperor of China. And on the floor, you can find a donation from Turkey which is said to be the largest Hereke carpet in the world outside of Turkey. Apart from the donations, the room is also decorated in an oriental manner. The wainscoting, made from tropical woods from Brazil combined with oriental symbols and floral decorations, perfectly match the wall tapestries and theme of the room.
In 1909 Japan decided to assign the imperial firm of Kawashima Jimbei in Kyoto to manufacture the finest wall tapestries with a theme of flowers and birds for the new Temple of Peace in The Hague. These precious wall tapestries consist of nine panels, named Hundred flowers and hundred birds in late spring and early summer. The wall tapestries or gobelins are woven in the tradition of the ‘Tsuzure Nishiki‘ technique. This technique is one of the most refined, complex and rare weaving techniques in the world. For nearly three years in a row, thousands of people worked day and night to produce this magnificent work of art.