Art comes alive at Park Hotel Tokyo

Park Hotel Tokyo’s “Artist in Hotel” rooms in the heart of Japan’s capital tick all the right boxes

Artist Room by Naoki Takenouchi

Artist Room by Naoki Takenouchi

The Park Hotel Tokyo, in the Shiodome Media Tower, is the first Tokyo property to become part of Design Hotels, a worldwide collection of design-led accommodation. Two and a half years ago, the hotel started a creative project called Artist in Hotel, where top Japanese artists would stay in the Park Hotel Tokyo as guests and be inspired to turn rooms into original artworks based on the theme of “Japanese aesthetics”.

The Artist in Hotel project has resulted in two Artist Single rooms, 11 Artist Queen rooms and four Artist King rooms, all with their own individual artistic character. The selection of top Japanese creative talent that left their artistic imprint on the Park Hotel Tokyo includes calligrapher Seihaku Akiba, woodcut print artist Naoki Takenouchi and painter Ryosuke Yasumoto.

Artist Room Zen by Seihaku Akiba was one of the earliest rooms completed — the bold, powerful Japanese characters on the pure white walls, paulownia wood boxes representing the seasons and tatami mats all contribute towards creating the feeling of Zen and a room where guests can practice zazen — or meditating in the lotus position.

For his Artist Room that was completed soon after, Naoki Takenouchi used washi, or traditional Japanese paper, as his main medium. He constructed lampshades out of woodcut printed washi, and created renditions of the god of wind, Fujin, and the god of thunder, Raijin, on the wall using 108 small prints of gods. While aiming for an amusing room, Takenouchi also designed a room that highlighted Japan’s traditions.

Ryosuke Yasumoto also created a two-toned Artist Room, basing it on the folk tale of how the 12 signs of the zodiac came into being. Guests not familiar with the legend will be surprised to find that they are sharing the room with 14 animals — Yasumoto’s design included the cat and weasel, which were missed out in the zodiac. Guests will get additional surprises while lying in bed, as they’ll be able to have a different perspective of a couple of the zodiac animals.

There are also colorful rooms that will give guests a more whimsical feel, such as the latest Artist Room by painter Aki Kondo — known as Otafuku Face. The smiling floor-to-ceiling face, coupled with the vigorous plum tree enveloping the bed, both encapsulate the theme of Japanese beauty which attracts guests when they visit and lingers with them for years after.

Park Hotel Tokyo, Shiodome Media Tower, 1-7-1 Higashi Shimbashi, Minato-ku 1057227 Tokyo, +81 3 6252 1111; en.parkhoteltokyo.com

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