Artist Floor Completed at Park Hotel Tokyo
Park Hotel Tokyo has announced the completion of its "Artist Floor", a floor of over thirty “Artist Rooms”, each unique room personally designed and decorated by a different Japanese artist.
Each of the Artist Rooms has been created by a selected Japanese artist, who decorated the walls and ceilings of their chosen room using their preferred medium of paintings, textiles, calligraphy, pottery and even installation. Based on typically Japanese themes such as sumo, geisha and Zen, each of the rooms encapsulates a different aspect of Japan’s beauty, in line with the project’s overarching concept of the "Beauty of Japan."
Park Hotel Tokyo started the Artist Floor project in December 2012 and it has taken five years for it to reach completion, with each room painstakingly decorated by a different artist who took up residence in the hotel while creating their design, staying for several weeks - or even months, in the case of some of the more intricate designs.
With a total of thirty-one of the hotel’s Standard rooms decorated by the same number of artists, the floor has now been transformed into a full-fledged "Artist Floor" and is ready to welcome guests. The final two guestrooms to have received the artistic treatment are “Mount Fuji” and “En”.
For her canvas, “Mount Fuji” artist Shiki Taira purposely chose a room with a large window offering views of Mount Fuji on clear days. The walls are decorated with an instantly recognisable painting of Japan’s most famous peak, as well as a variety of auspicious Japanese motifs including a red torii gate, golden clouds, and the Seven Lucky Gods riding in their treasure ship. With not one but two Mount Fujis in their line of sight, guests who sleep here are sure to leave feeling very lucky.
Meanwhile, for “En” textile artist Mariko Kobayashi chose the Japanese word “en”, meaning “connections” or “relationships”, as the theme of her room. The walls and ceiling are covered in a mix of ornate paintings and textiles depicting animals and plants connected to one another by red threads and tassels representing “en”, or the connections between all living creatures.
Between 7th and 27th August, three different Artist Rooms will be open to the public every day. Not only staying guests, but also visitors are welcome to visit and have a look around the rooms. Many are based on aspects of Japanese culture that will be instantly familiar to visitors, such as samurai, kabuki, lucky cat, Japanese festivals, bamboo, cherry blossoms, and koi carp, but others are themed on elements of Japanese culture that are less well-known outside of Japan. A stay in one of the rooms provides more than just accommodation, offering guests a tactile introduction to lesser-known facets of Japanese history, nature, landscapes, literature and folklore.
For those for whom a quick visit just isn’t long enough to appreciate their favourite artwork, an overnight stay is a must. Staying guests can encounter a new and intriguing aspect of Japanese culture with all five senses as they sit, sleep, plan, eat, shower, or just relax in their room. Earlybird prices start from £109 per night. Make a booking through the hotel's website, and you could soon be staying in one of these Artist Rooms showcasing an unsung aspect of Japanese culture.
Using the warming hues of ancient earthenware as a motif, “Jomon” by Daisuke Kagawa is a homage to the formative Jomon period, a prehistoric era of Japanese history over 10,000 years ago characterized by its curvaceous haniwa clay fertility dolls. Kagawa made the squat haniwa dolls and vases occupying the bedside shelves himself on site.
Park Hotel Tokyo hopes that guests will be able to enjoy the many different aspects of the "Beauty of Japan" portrayed by these artists by staying in or visiting and observing the artworks in the rooms. Hotel Manager, Atsushi Ono said: "We are proud to announce that all 31 Artist Rooms are finally complete, each encapsulating Japanese beauty. We guarantee that guests will experience an exciting stay surrounded by powerful art in the Artist Rooms." Find out more about each of the artist rooms here.
There are hundreds of interesting and unique buildings, museums and sculptures to be discovered during your visit to Japan. art.japan.travel/ introduces one hundred of the most unmissable examples spread the length and breadth of the country. Wherever you go in Japan, you are sure to find yourself not far from an eye-catching example of uniquely Japanese art, design or architecture.