At the Park Hotel Tokyo, we welcome our guests with hospitality in the form of “arrangement”, one of Japan’s aesthetic values, expressed through the medium of art. As part of this initiative, we hold series of art exhibition, “ART colours”, representing the four seasons of Japan. In this 30th exhibition, we will use the work of Daisuke Kagawa to express “autumn,” representing a condensation of the views of nature held by ancient people in Japan.
Twice a year, once each in spring and autumn, there is a period when the sun rises from true east and sets in true west.
These seasons mark the shortest distance to the Pure Land paradise of the Amitabha buddha, and have long been familiar in Japan as the equinoctial weeks. During this time in autumn, people give thanks for the blessings of nature while venerating ancestors. It is a time for worshiping the sun, with prayers for the coming year’s harvest.
According to Japanese literary scholar Shinobu Orikuchi, the “Visitor from Afar” in the title is a term that refers to natural phenomena or things (i.e., the gods) that exceed human knowledge, coming from an eternal and faraway world. It is said that this became folk tradition, and that the people of Japan have welcomed visitors with reverence, cultivating methods of warm hospitality.
Daisuke Kagawa is a painter who, from an old folk house near Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine, draws on his own sensibilities and knowledge, without formal art education, to create works that express the workings of “Visitor from Afar.” This is a serious task, yet a courageous one as well, in which the artist considers relationships with nature based on research into ancient faiths, drawing on an interest in everything around people, especially crafts and old tools made by human hands; and, through his life experiences and connections with colleagues in Okunikko, restates these things into his own unique art that lives in the present. In the Park Hotel Tokyo’s Artist in Hotel project in 2017, Kagawa drew attention with the production of an Artist Room called “Jomon”.
The Daisuke Kagawa Art Exhibition, taking place on the 25F Lobby of the hotel and throughout the 31F Artist Floor, will deepen this Kagawa-style Jomon world. Here, “Visitors from Afar” await guests at the exhibit.
Enjoy a tranquil and rich autumn, with its balanced days of equal daytime and night, together with works of art that summon a deep-seated awareness of nature, at Park Hotel Tokyo.
Exhibiting Artist: Daisuke Kagawa
Date: September 2 (Mon.) – December 1 (Sun.), 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: 25F / 31F
Fare: Addmission Free
[Exhibiting Artist] Daisuke Kagawa
[Curated by] creative unit moon by KON-KON
[Graphic Designer] Namiko Kanbe (creative unit moon)
[Video Production] antymark annex
[Organizer] Park Hotel Tokyo
Price: 1,500 JPY(2:30-10:00 p.m.)
* Tax and service charge included
Price: 1,600 JPY
* Tax and service charge included
* Served as on of desserts in Afternoon Tea with Wagashi
Born in Fukuoka Prefecture, a painter who walked across Japan on income from painting and skateboard design in France. He now resides in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture. He established “Kagawa Daisuke Museum / Yoshimiya” in 2017 as a living/studio/shop complex space for not only painting but all manner of creative works, in a century-old rural house restored by his own hand. His aim is a life that is centered on unconventional creation itself.
Graphic Designer / creative unit moon
Graduated from visual communication design course at the school of art and design of University of Tsukuba.
After product design and planning at the toy production company, she participated in corporate branding at the advertising department of a precision equipment manufacturer.
After leaving the company, she produces graphics for posters, logos and pamphlets as a free designer.
In ART colours Exhibition at Park Hotel Tokyo, she works on graphics such as posters.
Began at Shiba Park Hotel in 1994. Starting with restaurant “Primula”, studied the essence of “Escoffier” at French restaurant “Four Seasons”. Assumed position as head chef of ART Lounge and The Society at Park Hotel Tokyo. Offers a diverse selection of cuisine centered on the “freedom of creation” that represents the atmosphere of Park Hotel Tokyo.