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  • “Fuku-neko” (lucky cats) exhibition
    at Hyakudan-kaidan

    26 April – 14 May 2017
    Hotel Gajyoen Tokyo

    Cats are said to have been brought to Japan during the Nara period in the eighth century. They were loved by the nobles during the following Heian period. By the Edo era in the seventeenth century, cats had been a familiar animal for the ordinary people, making frequent appearances in various arts, including Ukiyo-e prints. Today, for some time now, cats have been a fad in this country. Charismatic cats (serving as a railway stationmaster, a company CEO or a shop idol), mascots and goods, pictures and paintings…

    This art exhibition takes place in a unique cultural heritage setting of Hyakudan Kaidan (“one-hundred-step staircase”) located in Hotel Gajoen Tokyo (*). Here, some 1,000 pieces of artwork featuring cats will be on display. Created by nine artists, they are with distinctive designs and in various art forms (paintings, plastic art, ceramics, figures, sculptures and photographs).

    福ねこ展at百段階段(amuzen article)
    Yasumaro Ozawa「猫飼好五十三疋 ばけあま」(亀山)

    福ねこ展at百段階段(amuzen article)
    Ikuyo Ishiwata「語り部 琵琶法師」

    福ねこ展at百段階段(amuzen article)
    Jin Nakamura「平成色絵印判楕円皿」

    One more plus, it is specially allowed during the exhibition to take photos of the Hyakudan Kaidan freely (except for commercial shooting and photography with flash and/or tripod). A unique chance to photograph happy, lucky cats in the beautiful Japanese-style rooms.

    福ねこ展at百段階段(amuzen article)
    Hyakudan Kaidan「清方の間」

    (*) Hotel Gajoen Tokyo (the former Meguro Gajoen) is a high-end wedding-hall and hotel complex, known for the Japanese-style architectural design. Hyakudan Kaidan, which used to be a luxurious quarter for eating and drinking, is the only wooden structure remaining in the place and designated a cultural heritage (“tangible cultural property”) of Tokyo. It consists of seven rooms, each decorated distinctively and exquisitely by famous painters of the early Showa period (around the 1920s). The rooms are linked one another by the “Ninety-Nine Step Staircase Corridor.”

* The above is the information known at the time of publication and subject to change without prior notice.

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