Otafuku Face

No.16 by Aki Kondo

The artist Aki Kondo started work on the “Otafuku Face (=moonfaced woman) ” in the 16th room in the series on 7th May, 2015, continued work for 9 days while she stayed in the hotel, and completed it on 15th May, 2015.

She says: “I felt that the whole beauty of Japan was within the “Otafuku Face”. When a guest enters the room, the first thing that catches their eye is the smiling face of the woman. And: “She’s also called a “beauty with five virtues”. By painting the face of this humble, demure woman which was a good example to ancient Japanese, she expressed the beauty of the heart of the Japanese people. On the opposite wall, she painted a graceful plum tree, loved by the Japanese, which actually extends up to the ceiling. This plum tree which cradles the bed is full of vigor when viewed from afar, but reveals fine detail close-up – a totally different impression.
The beauty of ancient Japan and warmth which you see in the “Otafuku Face” painted in this room looks out on Tokyo Tower, an icon that symbolizes modern Tokyo.
We hope you enjoy the beauty of Japan proposed by Aki Kondo, in the “Otafuku Face” artist room.

Room #3105  |  Completion Date: July 2016

Artist's Message

A “Otafuku Face (=moonfaced woman)” is a beauty with five virtues.Her wide brow means generosity.
Her round cheeks signify broad-mindedness, her eyes gaze at all things gently, her mouth is always smiling, and her flat nose means she is humble.
In old Japanese culture, a “Otafuku Face” was the most virtuous, and was an example for people to follow.
The beauty of Japan I propose is kindness in the face of a “Otafuku”.

Aki Kondo

“Infinite Time and Space Amid Cognizant Japanese Beauty”

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