The 47 Vegetables

No. 17 by Mayako Nakamura

The artist Mayako Nakamura started work on the “The 47 Vegetables” in the 17th room in the series on 12th May, 2015, and completed it on 11th June, 2015.
“I treated the room as a white porcelain vessel,” says Ms. Nakamura. The focus was on the white walls, which were primed five times before being coated in white. Taking inspiration from the forms of Nabeshima ware, which is globally famous for its rarity and degree of quality, of which Ms. Nakamura is also a fan, the walls were then decorated with the motif of forty-seven plants from Japan. The resulting design is transparent and refined.
The artist says, “I hope people staying in this room will treat it like a part of their own home, as though taking a stroll in the garden.” The walls, almost like a scroll, feature motifs of traditional Japanese dwellings. To the right, towards the bed, is an open corridor. One proceeds past the adjacent kitchen to the hills. Passing by a small stream, wetlands, a swamp, and another hill brings one to a field, then back home. This unusual white space is where the seasons pass, with the image of mountain ginseng, fern, pepper, and matsutake mushroom adorning the scene. We hope you enjoy a stroll through the room while searching for the forty-seven plants.


Staff recommendation comment

How about finding your own favorite vegetable?
The Artist Ms. Mayako Nakamura painted this room with 47 different kinds of local Japanese vegetables. With the hope that “guests will enjoy the time they spend in this room as if they were taking a walk in the garden of their own home.” The vegetables are painted with oil to create a three-dimensional effect, so not only can you enjoy seeing them with your eyes, but you can also enjoy touching them.
Ms. Nakamura is also particular about the whiteness of the walls, so she painted the walls with five coats of white primer like a white porcelain vessel, so that the moment you open the door and enter the room, you will feel as if a pleasant breeze is blowing.
In addition, the bed cushions and cups also have a special design that can’t be found in any other room. Why not spend a relaxing time in this room where you can experience the scenery of a traditional Japan house.

Room #3132  |  Completion Date: June 2015

Artist's Message

Suppose this room is a porcelain bowl. A Nabeshima porcelain bowl with 47 vegetables of Japanese origin.
The wall painting surrounds you like an emaki scroll: from veranda, kitchen, highland, stream, marshland, pond, hill, fields and to the courtyard.
Hop inside and have a pleasant walk through the landscape!

Mayako Nakamura

“Infinite Time and Space Amid Cognizant Japanese Beauty”

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