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.
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First of all, do you know the story of the sign animals in the Zodiac?
It is a story about a race to greet the gods for the New Year, and the 12 animals that arrived fastest were said to be the animal kings. nfortunately, the cat, who was told by the mouse a wrong date, did not make it into the race, and didn’t make it into the Zodiac. It is said that this is why the cat always chases the mouse around.Weasel also failed to join the Zodiac since it was the thirteenth to arrive.Cats and weasels also make a special appearance in Artist Room Zodiac. This room has an interesting trick that gives a sense of art: a tiger painted in the mirror, a monkey hiding behind the curtains, and more.
When you stay in this room you can feel like a god in this ancient story, watching over the animals racing around the room.And finally, why not spend some time counting the twelve signs of the Zodiac? Enjoy looking for the two special guests, the cat and the weasel, and try to find your animal sign, too!
With a total of 14 Zodiac animals, all of us at Park Hotel Tokyo are looking forward to welcoming you!
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).