Wa-no-akari at Hyakudan Kaidan 2017
Artistic illumination in Japanese designs*
1 July – 27 August 2017
Hotel Gajoen Tokyo
*The post title, not the official translation.
Hyakudan kaidan (literally “One-hundred-step Staircase”), located inside Hotel Gajoen Tokyo, is a wooden structure dating to the early Showa era in the 1930s. It is designated “Tangible Cultural Property” by Tokyo Metropolitan Government. The building’s seven Japanese-style banquet rooms are exquisitely decorated with 126 Japanese paintings and craftworks produced by most eminent artists of the time.
During this annual exhibition, the magnificence of the place will be even more highlighted with artistic illumination. Works of art in Japanese colours and designs on display have been collected under three categories of “festivals” “art” and “crafts”. Some thirty contemporary craftsmen and artists from different parts of the country created these gleaming pieces of art.
◆Renowned illuminations from Japanese festivals
The tatami rooms will be delightfully lit with artisanal lights and lanterns that punctuate popular Japanese festivals. They include most famous and spectacular Aomori Nebuta Festival and Akita Kanto Festival in the Tohoku region, and Yanai Goldfish Lantern Festival in Yamaguchi Prefecture (**). A dragon lantern from Nagasaki Lantern Festival will appear for the first time in this exhibition.
**Goldfish lanterns are also on display at “Tokyo Goldfish Wonderland” held at Sumida Aquarium from 10 July through 31 August.
◆ Traditional crafts on display
The exhibition space of traditional crafts will be extended to a larger area this year. About twenty pieces of craftwork including Japanese lacquer, cloisonne work and kumiko (artisanal work using wooden pieces put together without using nails) will be among the exhibits.
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