The Park Hotel Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan), in December 2012, started the “Artist in Hotel” project where an artist decorates an entire guestroom. The project is still in progress. By 2016, all the guestrooms on the 31st floor will be so decorated, and the “Artist Room Beauty of Akita”, the 20th in the series, has now been completed.
The artist Ms. Yuka Ohtani started painting the 20th Artist Room based on the theme: “Beauty of Akita”, on March 1st, 2016, continued the work for about one month while staying at the hotel and commuting to and from it, and completed it on March 31, 2016.
Akita is a prefecture situated in the north of Japan. Ms. Ohtani says “Since I started living in the Akita region, coming in contact with the scenery, history and lifestyle of the people there, I became more strongly aware of my own identity as a Japanese person”. The work she created is a room decorated all over with Akita cedarwood, and is a fusion of Japanese and Western styles. Past the cedarwood forest painting at the room entrance, right in front, there’s a cedarwood window frame, and through it, a moat with glorious lotus flowers in bloom. On the left wall, in the guise of a sliding screen, there are camellia japonica flowers, while the ceiling has a “cracked ice” pattern, often used for pottery or designing Japanese-style rooms, but here fashioned in cedarwood. In the guise of the upper closet, there’s a painted window frame, and through it, “Nishimonai Bon-Odori” summer festival dancers, while in the closet are painted pole lanterns of the “Akita Kanto Festival”. This room offers guests a myriad of images testifying to the beauty of the Akita region of Japan.
We hope that in the Artist Room Beauty of Akita with its cedarwood fragrance, you will enjoy the exquisite beauty for which Japan is famous.
[ Artist Room Beauty of Akita Outline ]
Opening：April 11, 2016 (online and phone reservations accepted)
Room：Artist Room Queen (double occupancy), 22square meters
Bed size：1,600 × 1,950 mm
Rate：40,000 yen per night for two persons (including taxes and service charge)
Reservation and other question：+81 (0)3-6252-1100
[Cooperation] Shinobazu Gallery, I.C.Arts
[Producer] creative unit moon
[ Profile of Yuka Ohtani ]
Born in 1977, in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture. In 2003, graduated M.F.A., Tama University. From around 1998, she began exhibiting installation works based on her past experience. Subsequently, she began working on the “Yellowish Green Room” series which, focusing on the relation between creative works and space, expresses space in the form of a painting. In 2013, when she moved her base to Akita City, she began work on the “Floral Figures” series, which has the Japanese love of beauty as its theme. In the same year, she was appointed as Associate Professor, Course of Multidisciplinary Arts, Akita University of Art.
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