“Wa-no-akari × One-Hundred-Step Staircase” Exhibition 2016
~ Japanese colours, Japanese festivals ~
1 July – 28 August 2016
Meguro Gajoen is a high-end hotel and wedding-hall complex, known for its Japanese decorative and architectural designs. Magnificent above all is “One-Hundred-Step Staircase” (Hyakudan Kaidan), the Gajoen’s only remaining wooden structure dating from 1935 and designated as Tokyo Metropolitan’s tangible cultural property.
The luxurious quarter finished in the early Showa period consists of seven rooms, each decorated distinctively and exquisitely by famous painters of the time. The rooms are linked one another by the “Ninety-Nine Step Staircase Corridor.”
The present event is to be held at One-Hundred-Step Staircase. The first edition last year was hugely successful, mobilizing some 60,000 visitors. The second edition in 2016 is organized on a larger scale and under four themes: “festivals”, “arts”, “crafts” and “traditional performing arts”.
Expect more than 30 works of Japanese “lights” and “colours”, including: opus by Yuki Nishimoto (sumi-e artist or ink-and-wash painter) and Tadaharu Kawamura (plastic artist); Japanese summer items such as Edo furin (wind chimes; Shinohara Furin Hompo Co., Ltd) and Edo glass (Nakakin Glass Co.); and exhibits of traditional festivals across the country including the “Big Three” from the Tohoku region.
A point worth mentioning: exceptionally during the exhibition, and only during this time of the year, it is allowed to take photos of “One-Hundred-Step Staircase” freely. A chance absolutely not to miss!
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