By Gaya Travel on February 8, 2017
Keio Plaza Hotel (KPH), one of Japan’s most prestigious international hotels located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, will host a special exhibition of traditional Japanese arts entitled “Enjoying Japan’s Traditional Hinamatsuri Girls’ Doll Festival at Keio Plaza Hotel” displaying various traditional art ornaments in the third floor lobby of the hotel from February 1 to March 27, 2017.
This annually held exhibition has been extremely well received by guests, and this year features some 6,500 finely hand woven silk doll decorations, Japanese art items depicting scenes of “Japanese female culture” from the Meiji Period (1868 to 1912), and “Bonsai” miniature decorative sculptured plants to give visitors a taste of Japan’s traditional arts representative of the “Hinamatsuri Doll Festival”. In addition, ten of their restaurants will serve specially prepared menu items and will be specially decorated to commemorate this celebratory event.
The hanging decorative art ornaments are specially hand stitched by the quilt artist Mitsuyo Matsuo and the some 90 members of her art group expressly for the Keio Plaza Hotel exhibition using finely woven silk cloth from old kimonos. Each of the handiwork has been carefully created for this exhibition and symbolically reflect the hopes for the health and happiness of children. Besides that, traditional wooden Mataro dolls from Kamikamo Shrine in Kyoto will also be displayed along with the 3.3 meter high hanging decorative art ornaments in the third floor main lobby area to welcome the guests.
The tradition of “bonsai” miniature decorative sculptured plants, which has been a traditional part of Japanese culture dating back to the Heian Period (794 to 1185), will be highlighted in this year’s exhibition. The art of “bonsai” is said to have started during the Heian Period and became a popular traditional part of “Japanese female culture” from the Meiji Period. Items will be on display, such as a selection of traditional pots, and paintings depicting bonsai from the Meiji period, that show how bonsai played a role in the lives of Japanese women in the past. There will also be a variety of eye-catching bonsai for our guests to see.
In addition, during the exhibition, ten of the restaurants and lounges of the Keio Plaza Hotel including the traditional Japanese kaiseki, Japanese cuisine, tempura, French and Italian, Chinese, and Korean restaurants will provide guests with menu items which have been specially prepared in the image of this Hinamatsuri event. A wide variety of meal and beverage options including special lunches created in the image of spring emperor and empress dolls, afternoon tea with sweets served in jewelry box-like servers, Kaiseki traditional Japanese meals will be served in private dining rooms, special dinnertime dining plans for female guests and cocktail dinners served in the “Aurora” Sky Lounge, newly reopened on December 7, 2016 on the 160 meter high top floor of our hotel, will be offered to guests.
To find out more about the exhibition, kindly visit www.keioplaza.com.