The Blossoms are Falling
The Daidairi is the Imperial Palace, home of the Emperor, his direct family, courtiers, and the Imperial bureaucracy. The expansive complex has many rumors about it, including several haunted sites. The Greater Palace, as the various grounds are called, has several abandoned areas that are to be avoided, but the Inner Palace still houses all of the important functions of the state bureaucracy, and the Chodo-In still hosts the important ceremonies conducted by the Emperor and his various courtiers.
Chodo-In – The Official Compound is still used daily for meditation, private meetings, and for finding serenity. It is also frequently used by the Emperor for official ceremonies such as the promotion of government officials and appeals to the gods. At the northern end of this complex lies the Daigokuden, or Great Hall of State, where most of the Imperial ceremonies are held.
Baraku-In – A large compound built for banquets, this area also serves as an athletic area, and frequently there are archery competitions held to impress the Emperor or his Regent, as well as wrestling competitions, during which highly trained nobles try to force their opponent to either fall or leave the circle. For such bouts there is only one rule, no eye gouging. Occassionally the Emperor will also sanction duels between high ranking nobles who are in conflict, and this serves as the arena.
Inner Palace – The Inner Palace is where the Emperor and his family live. It also houses the bulk of the Imperial bureaucracy, which has crept in as their former offices in the Greater Palace have been abandoned. Walls enclose this area from the Greater Palace, and within it again are walls which block off the Imperial Residence from the rest of the Inner Palace.
En No Matsubara – A former outdoor banquet area that has fallen into disuse and is rumored to be haunted. Avoid at night.
Shingon-In – The third Buddhist Temple allowed in Kyoto for the aristocracy to use. This particular building is maintained by the Shingon Sect, a sect heavily supported by the Fujiwara and the Imperial Family.
Daijokan – This enclosed compound houses the various offices that compose the highest levels of the Daijokan, including the meeting hall of the Ministers of State, their individual offices, and complexes to house their under-secretaries and scribes during their work.
Other Buildings – The rest of the Greater Palace is rarely used, mostly abandoned offices, feral gardens, and storehouses that are used irregularly. Many locations are haunted or have bandits at night, but during the day they are largely safe, excepting a few particularly desperate or brave bandits.