Park Hotel Tokyo Artist Rooms No. 1 to 10

No. 10 Park Hotel Tokyo Artist Room ‘Bamboo’ designed by Yoshitaka Nishikawa

The Park Hotel Tokyo (Shiodome Media Tower), in December 2012, started the “Artist in Hotel” project where an artist decorates an entire guestroom.  And this year this huge artistic project is finally completed all the 31 Artist Rooms (see link here).

“Artist in Hotel” is the hotel version of “Artist in Residence”. The artist himself stays in the hotel, absorbs the atmosphere of the hotel while partaking of its facilities and services, and fashions a hotel room into a work of art.  Inspired by the “Japanese sense of aesthetics”, the artist paints directly on the walls of the room as if it were a tapestry, and affixes original paintings and objects to the walls so that the entire room becomes a room with the artist’s view of the world.  These rooms, which evoke typical Japanese themes like “Sumo” and “Zen”, are primarily offered to overseas guests, and are highly appreciated.

You will find the Artist Rooms No. 11 to 20 here.

And the Artist Rooms No. 21 to 31 here.


No. 10 Artist Room ‘Bamboo’ designed by Yoshitaka Nishikawa


No. 10 Park Hotel Tokyo Artist Room ‘Bamboo’ designed by Yoshitaka Nishikawa
The 10th room, “Bamboo”, was the motif chosen by the Japanese artist Yoshitaka Nishikawa who began it on 30th July, and completed it on 19th October 2015

No. 10 Park Hotel Tokyo Artist Room ‘Bamboo’ designed by Yoshitaka Nishikawa
When you enter the room, the first thing you’ll notice is the fresh green color. Then the bamboo trees stretching straight up to the sky, making you feel just as if you were going deeper and deeper into a bamboo forest.  Nishikawa said: “I wanted people who were tired of the bustle of city life to be able to really relax in this room”.  The room was designed with various situations in mind, such as the view when a guest stands at the corner of the window, or the view when lying down on the bed.  The artist changed his materials and colors depending on the position in the room, and coordinated the whole space while keeping it simple.

The painting is a tranquil summer green.


No. 09 Artist Room ’Geisha Goldfish’ designed by Aki Nakita


No. 09 Park Hotel Tokyo Artist Room ’Geisha Goldfish’ designed by Aki Nakita
The 9th room, “Geisha Goldfish”, was the motif chosen by the Japanese artist Aki Narita who began it on 30th July 2014, and completed it on 13th February 2015.
No. 09 Park Hotel Tokyo Artist Room ’Geisha Goldfish’ designed by Aki Nakita
Ms. Narita says, "When I looked out of the window, I felt like I was inside an aquarium".  In this project, she took up the challenge of painting the wallpaper in oil paints as if a guest room was an aquarium.  During 7 months, she painted red goldfish not only on the walls but also on the ceiling.  Bewitching goldfish playing in your room like they were floating in an aquarium, dressed like geishas.  The goldfish swimming freely here and there give you a strange feeling of floating.  She painted this thinking that in ancient times, a dream of being in a room surrounded by famous goldfish like lucky charms would bring good luck to the customers who stayed there.   

No. 09 Park Hotel Tokyo Artist Room ’Geisha Goldfish’ designed by Aki Nakita
The dream you will have here is like a suggestion of a parallel world, or a premonition.


No.08 Artist Room ‘Festival’ designed by Nanami Ishihara


No.08 Park Hotel Tokyo Artist Room ‘Festival’ designed by Nanami Ishihara
For the 8th “Artist in Hotel Project” where an entire room is decorated by an artist, during about 1 1/2 months from 4th June to 22nd July 2014 the artist Nanami Ishihara took the concept of “Festival” as her theme. Ishihara says: “I wanted to paint a festival that never ends”.

No.08 Park Hotel Tokyo Artist Room ‘Festival’ designed by Nanami Ishihara
And just like its title “Festival”  the room has become alive. From the walls to the ceiling, people and animals are crowded together.  Rabbits, elephants, gods and high school girls are all dancing in the festival on a red background.

No.08 Park Hotel Tokyo Artist Room ‘Festival’ designed by Nanami Ishihara
In the closet, there’s a painting of a “Happy Coat”, while an air vent is fashioned into the mouth of a dancing lion - the playfulness of the artist is everywhere.   The artist painted the room with the sincere wish that those who visited it would be reborn.


No. 7 Artist Room ‘One Hundred Poems’ designed by Masako Inkyo

No. 7 Park Hotel Tokyo Artist Room ‘One Hundred Poems’ designed by Masako Inkyo
In the seventh project, calligrapher Masako Inkyo residing in New York decorated a room based on the theme of an ancient anthology of 100 traditional Japanese poems by 100 poets.

No. 7 Park Hotel Tokyo Artist Room ‘One Hundred Poems’ designed by Masako Inkyo
Inkyo showed Japanese aesthetics by using Japanese "kana" characters, saying, "I wanted to express the elegance of aristocrats in the Heian period." The Japanese syllabary is said to have blossomed in the period (794-1192). She completed the room during her stay at the hotel from April 16 to 22, 2014. Respecting the orthodox style of calligraphy, Inkyo also produces works with a free and creative mind. She used the guest room walls as if they were folding screens to confidently arrange the room space, writing the 100 poems in numerical order on the entrance wall and drawing big "kanji" characters for snow, moon and flower on the bedroom walls to represent the four seasons in Japan.

No. 7 Park Hotel Tokyo Artist Room ‘One Hundred Poems’ designed by Masako Inkyo
Guests lying on the bed can see golden "kana" characters of shooting stars lighting up the ceiling painted in black. On another bedroom wall, poems from the anthology are written with letters representing rain drops. She also put up a hanging scroll by the window to create a space like a "tokonoma" alcove. Guests will be able to feel the four seasons and nature by looking at the stars on the ceiling, snow, moon and flower as well as rain on the bedroom walls and Mt. Fuji in snow in the bathroom while staying at the hotel in urban settings.


No. 6 Artist Room ‘Zodiac’ designed by Ryosuke Yasumoto

No. 6 Park Hotel Tokyo Artist Room ‘Zodiac’ designed by Ryosuke Yasumoto
In the sixth project, painter Ryosuke Yasumoto decorated a room themed on the 12 signs of the Zodiac, while staying at the hotel for 11 days from March 24 to April 3, 2014.

"I will be happy if the guests can sense the world of the humorous, old folk tale of the 12 signs of the Zodiac," said Yasumoto about the room filled with lively images of the animals.

The cat and weasel, which are not included in the 12 signs but appeared in the folk tale about how they missed out on being chosen, are included in the room decoration. According to the tale, the cat was tricked by the rat, and out of sympathy with the weasel, the god decided to call the first day of every month "tsuitachi," a similar sound to the word weasel in Japanese, "itachi."

No. 6 Park Hotel Tokyo Artist Room ‘Zodiac’ designed by Ryosuke Yasumoto
Yasumoto prepared some gimmicks for the room guests by making the most of the three-dimensional canvas. Visitors lying on the bed can make eye contact with the tiger painted on the back wall through a mirror and a monkey is hiding behind the curtain.


No. 5 Artist Room ‘Supernatural beings and the sky’ designed by Nobuo Magome

No. 5 Park Hotel Tokyo Artist Room ‘Supernatural beings and the sky’ designed by Nobuo Magome
For the 5th “Artist in Hotel Project” , where an entire room is decorated by an artist, the Japanese painter Nobuo Magome chose the theme of “Supernatural beings and the sky” . The work, which began on 16th March, was completed on 4th August 2014.

No. 5 Park Hotel Tokyo Artist Room ‘Supernatural beings and the sky’ designed by Nobuo Magome
For “Supernatural beings and the sky”, Magome chose Room 3125, which offers the best view of the sky from the bed. When you enter the room, you are greeted by a big “kappa” (River Being) smiling at you sweetly.  The supernatural beings, full of fun, form a line right up to the sky. Clouds, in the shape of 4 gods - the Azure Dragon of the East, Vermilion Bird of the South, the White Tiger of the West, and the Black Turtle of the North - swirl around the “sky” or ceiling light.  They watch over the room.  And the supernatural beings from the sky slip from the round mirror into the room again, go around the window frame, pass through the kappa's arch, and return to the sky.  The artist painted each supernatural being very finely, so the whole work took more than 4 months to complete. The supernatural beings play, and there’s blue sky everywhere. The supernatural beings painted here are beings which make people happy.


No. 4 Artist Room ‘Dragon’ designed by Kiyoko Abe

No. 4 Park Hotel Tokyo Artist Room ‘Dragon’ designed by Kiyoko Abe
The 4th room, with the theme of "Dragon", was created when the artist Kiyoko Abe stayed in our hotel for 10 days from 11th January to 21st January 2014. Looking out over Tokyo Tower from the huge window, the Dragon floats in. Taking the walls of the room as if they were a horizontal sheet of paper, she painted the story of the natural world.

No. 4 Park Hotel Tokyo Artist Room ‘Dragon’ designed by Kiyoko Abe
She says: "I want guests who stay in this room with its wonderful view, to view the panorama of modern Japan beneath their eyes, while at the same time realizing that people have lived, and are now living, in the raw world of Nature". The Dragon flying all over the room symbolizes the energy of Nature, and she hopes that this room (= space) will come alive with the Dragon's energy.


No. 3 Artist Room ‘Washi’ designed by Naoki Takenouchi

No. 3 Park Hotel Tokyo Artist Room ‘Washi’ designed by Naoki Takenouchi
Artist Naoki Takenouchi created the third Artist Room with the theme of traditional Japanese paper washi during his 17-day stay at the hotel from Nov. 14 to Nov. 30, 2013. "Washi is very flexible for various arrangements and suits my artwork perfectly" he said.     

No. 3 Park Hotel Tokyo Artist Room ‘Washi’ designed by Naoki Takenouchi

No. 3 Park Hotel Tokyo Artist Room ‘Washi’ designed by Naoki Takenouchi
Making the most of the characteristics which have been passed through the ages in Japan, Takenouchi painted on the walls, pasted images of woodcut prints and created lampshades with the paper. He pasted 108 small prints of gods creating a larger image of the god of wind Fujin and the god of thunder Raijin on the walls, matching the number of earthly human desires bonno, also believed to be 108.


No. 2 Artist Room ‘Zen’ designed by Seihaku Akiba

No. 2 Park Hotel Tokyo Artist Room ‘Zen’ designed by Seihaku Akiba
The "Artist Room Zen" was produced by calligrapher Seihaku Akiba under the concept of "a room where people can find tranquility in an urban setting." Akiba has written vigorous Japanese characters on the room walls as if he was performing "Iainuki," the art of quickly drawing a sword. Also placed in the room are paulownia wood boxes which represent the four seasons, as well as tatami mats on which guests can sit and meditate, a practice of Zazen.

No. 2 Park Hotel Tokyo Artist Room ‘Zen’ designed by Seihaku Akiba
Guests can experience the world of Zen, which influenced distinguished individuals like John Lennon and Steve Jobs, in the only such room in the world. The Artist in Hotel project, in which artists work on these rooms while staying at the hotel and using the facilities as guests, turns these guest rooms into art collections where the creators' passion and worldviews are encapsulated.


No. 1 Artist Room ‘Sumo’ designed by Hiroyuki Kimura


No. 1 Park Hotel Tokyo Artist Room ‘Sumo’ designed by Hiroyuki Kimura

No. 1 Park Hotel Tokyo Artist Room ‘Sumo’ designed by Hiroyuki Kimura
The Park hotel Tokyo, which marked its 10th anniversary in January 2013, is proud to announce the birth of a whole new category of guest room. Started last December 2012, in the first phase of the Artist in Hotel project, celebrated Japanese artist Hiroyuki Kimura began creating unique Japanese ink paintings directly on the walls of an Artist Room. Guests are invited to feel the sacred world of sumo where they can share the space with lively images of sumo wrestlers.



About Park Hotel Tokyo
Park Hotel Tokyo, opened in 2003, is located on the 25th floor and above in the Shiodome Media Tower. The 25th floor has the lobby and reception desk besides restaurants and the bar. The city's view can be enjoyed through the windows behind the reception desk. There are 270 guest rooms, located from the 26th to 34th floors. In 2013, Park Hotel Tokyo put forth a new concept, "Infinite time and space amid cognizant Japanese beauty." In line with the concept, every room on the 31st floor is decorated and turned into Artist Rooms, based on the theme "Beauty of Japan." To offer a memorable experience in various parts of your stay, Park Hotel Tokyo will continue to maximize the role of Japanese aesthetics and hospitality.




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