In the sixth project, painter Ryosuke Yasumoto decorated a room themed on the 12 signs of the Zodiac, while staying at the hotel for 11 days from March 24 to April 3, 2014.
“I will be happy if the guests can sense the world of the humorous, old folk tale of the 12 signs of the Zodiac,” said Yasumoto about the room filled with lively images of the animals.
The cat and weasel, which are not included in the 12 signs but appeared in the folk tale about how they missed out on being chosen, are included in the room decoration.
According to the tale, the cat was tricked by the rat, and out of sympathy with the weasel, the god decided to call the first day of every month “tsuitachi,” a similar sound to the word weasel in Japanese, “itachi.”
Yasumoto prepared some gimmicks for the room guests by making the most of the three-dimensional canvas. Visitors lying on the bed can make eye contact with the tiger painted on the back wall through a mirror and a monkey is hiding behind the curtain.
Room #3108 | Completion Date: April 2014
Welcome to the Zodiac room!
2014, when this artist’s room was created, is the year of the horse, and I was also born in the year of the horse.
I just happened to fill this room with items from the Zodiac.
I don’t know if I can paint it well, but I just let my brush run free.
I painted a cat which was cheated by a rat so that it wasn’t included in the Zodiac. By the grace of God, I also painted a weasel.
The 1st day of the month has a similar pronunciation to “weasel” in Japanese.
I would be delighted for you to experience the interesting story of the Zodiac from long, long ago.
Born 1954 in Himeji-shi, Hyogo prefecture Retired from Tsukuba University Affiliate Art School Course for the Deaf
The world which Yasumoto draws brings us to an unknown town where there are personifications of animals, men, women and clowns which convey a feeling of nostalgia or longing for one’s home. In addition to acryls, he mainly creates works which are collages of familiar materials (magazine clippings, plant vines and roots, corrugated cardboard) with the same feeling as paints. He often does work in fine arts with an improvisational nature on the stage, like free drawings in one color with Japanese ink, as in this mural painting (Artist in Hotel project).