The name means "Mountain Palace" Japanese . An exact replica of a palace in the Yamashiro mountains of Kyoto, Japan, it was built as a private mansion in 1911. After the death of the original owners, the mansion was home to "The 400 Club", an exclusive social club for the Hollywood elite during the late 1920's, attracting silent screen legends such as Lilian Gish, Ramon Navarro and Bebe Daniels.
Yamashiro has even starred in the movies and television. The estate was used as the site for filming of the Oscar-winning 1957 movie "Sayonara," starring Marlon Brando, James Garner and Ricardo Montalbon. Brando was nominated for Best Actor and the movie itself was nominated for Best Picture. Red Buttons won the 'Best Supporting Actor' award for his role in the movie, and and the 'Best Supporting Actress' Oscar went to Miyoshi Umeki. Other productions shot here include "Gone in 60 Seconds," "Blind Date," "Thousand Men and a Baby" (a 1997 TV movie), "L.A. Without a Map" and a Toni Braxton video.
On TV, it was the filming location for popular series such as "I Spy," "Perry Mason," "Route 66" and "My Three Sons."
By kjfitz @ 2006-01-12 16:26:07