Art Exhibition: ‘Wa no Akari x Hyakudan Kaidan’ to Take Place in Meguro Gajoen

17.June.2018 | SPOT

Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is a hotel and museum celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. The hotel is home to the Hyakudan Kaidan, or 100 Steps Staircase, where the Wa no Akari x Hyakudan Kaidan art exhibition will take place from June 7 to September 2. This marks the 4th run of the event, which will put on a fantastic display of lights and installations celebrating Japanese summer and its events.

 

The 100 Steps Staircase was built in 1935 and has been a place of meeting for many people over the course of Gajoen’s history. It was registered by Tokyo Prefecture as a Tangible Cultural Property in 2009 for its exceptional architecture and artistic beauty.

During the exhibition’s first run in 2015, the Hyakudan Kaidan was celebrated in collaboration with the Aomori Nebuta Matsuri, a registered Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. The ideas and concepts surrounding the exhibition have changed each year. The second run saw a boost in popularity with over 90,000 attendees, more than the prior year.

 

This year, 63 exhibitors will participate in the event, close to double the amount than last time. It will be a celebration of everything from the giant Aomori Nebuta Matsuri to Edo Kiriko glassware that you can hold in the palm of your hand. An amalgamation of festivities, art, design, craftsmanship and technology, attendees are permitted to take photos of anything there.

This year’s exhibition will see a huge range of content, including art installations by MIRRORBOWLER, three new works completed by Majima Hidenori at the end of last year that took him 6 years to complete, a light-up byobu folding screen that people can draw on, products by body care brand SABON who originate from Israel and are celebrating 10 years since arriving in Japan, and much more.

There will be a bunch of collaborative projects too. Full details can be found on the event website.

 

Get up close with Japanese art and culture at this year’s exhibition.

 

■Information

Wa no Akari x Hyakudan Kaidan 2018

Location: Hotel Gajoen Tokyo

Running: July 7, 2018 – September 2, 2018 (*No Holidays)

Time: [Monday-Thursday] 10am-5pm (Last Entries 4:30pm) / [Friday, Weekends, Holidays & August 13-17] 10am-8pm (Last Entries 7:30pm)

*Photography allowed. However, tripods and flash photography are prohibited.

Entry Price: Same Day – ¥1,500 / Advance – ¥1,200 (¥1,000 until July 6 at entrance) / Students – ¥800 (ID Required) / Children – Free

TEL: 03-5434-3140 (10am-6pm)

Official Page: http://www.hotelgajoen-tokyo.com/event/wanoakari2018

 

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    Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is a museum and hotel that underwent revamp last April and is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. The establishment opened its new Gajoen Art Tour for guests on June 18.

    The tour will take place every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 9am for an hour and a half. Guests staying at the hotel will be guided through the myriad of marvelous art displays on show at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo.

    The hotel is known for hosting wedding ceremonies and opened as Japan’s first wedding complex. Weddings take place at the Oumi-den which is home to colourful wooden carvings of cranes and deer, which are divine messengers, as well as the auspicious plum blossom. There’s also folding fans spread out on the ceiling as a good omen.

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    There’s also the temple and shrine walking tour that began on June 19 which will take place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9am. People will be guided around the temples and shrines near the hotel including Daienji, Gohyaku Rakanji, Ryusenji, and more.

    Get involved with the Hotel Gajoen Tokyo art exhibition.

     

    ■Information

    Gajoen Art Tour

    Start Date: June 18, 2018

    Schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 9am-10:30am

     

    Shrine & Temple Walking Tour

    Start Date: June 19, 2018

    Schedule: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9am-10:30am

     

    Reservations for either tour must be made by 5pm the previous day. Places are open on a first-come, first-served basis.

     

    Hotel Gajoen Tokyo

    Address: 1-8-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-3491-4111

    Website:http://www.hotelgajoen-tokyo.com/

     

  • Tasty & Beautiful Gift Snacks Arrive at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo

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    Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is a gorgeous comprehensive hotel and museum which rebranded itself in April 2017 and is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.

    The establishment has prepared a special selection of two delicious gifts which are sold at the hotel’s patisserie Lien 1928 and have been officially recognised by Secretary of Dining which is managed by Gurunavi.

    雅叙園 天井画ショコラ「竹林」

    The first treat is the Chikurin (‘bamboo thicket’) chocolates made to look like decorative ceiling paintings. These are popular chocolates made by pastry chef Takeya Shono which are served at the hotel’s patisserie Lien 1928 on the first floor where they sell sweets and other foods.

    Ever since it was established in 1928, it has recreated decorative ceiling art found at Japanese museums and also in hotels, as well as intricate designs and patterns seen in Japanese paintings.

    雅叙園 焼き菓子ギフト「彩iro-dori」

    The second gift snack is baked and is called Iro-Dori. It includes three popular powdered cakes which have been made with hard-to-get premium matcha from Ome in Tokyo. It also includes a variety of baked biscuits and other sweets.

     

    This selection of snacks is a showcase by Secretary of Dining, one of Japan’s biggest secretary service support sites managed by Gurunavi. Their products have received much praise especially amongst secretaries as their gift snacks cater towards the business scene.

     

    Lien 1928 offers unique sweets inspired by the beauty of Japan. Why not pick some up yourself?

     

    ■Information

    Hotel Gajoen Tokyo

    Address: 1-8-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-3491-4111

     

    “Secretary of Dining” Officially Recognised 2018 Gift Snack Collection

    https://c-corporate.gnst.jp/release/2018/pdf/20180425.pdf?sc_lid=corp_news_20180426-018518.html&201804271338

     

    Chikurin Decorative Ceiling Chocolates

    Quantity: 5

    Price: ¥2,376 (Tax-Included)

    Iro-Dori Baked Snacks

    Price: ¥3,240 (Tax-Included)

     

  • New Patisserie “Lien 1928” Selling Japanese-Style Sweets to Open at Hotel Gajoen in Tokyo

    16.August.2017 | FOOD

    A new patisserie by the name of “Lien 1928” will be opening in Hotel Gajoen Tokyo on September 1st. The name “Lien” originates from the French word “Lien” to mean “bond” and “connect” and the “1928” signifies the date at which Gaojen was established.

     

    The patisserie will house chocolate delicacies made by pastry chef Takeya Shouno, as well as a host of other luxurious, hotel original treats

     

    The hotel is going into its 90th anniversary, and since it’s a place that upholds many festivals and celebrations, they are introduction a line of delectable goodies intended as a gift for that special someone.

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    The line-up features a long list of delicious treats that you can only find at the hotel, including chocolate bon bons created around the design of the hotel’s gorgeous ceiling painting, temari ball shaped chocolates that were sold as limited edition Valentines Day gifts, and more. They also offer the standard pound cake and a range of baked sweets which are perfect as gifts.

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    The elegant patisserie is designed using ‘kumiko,’ a traditional Japanese style of woodwork, and boasts a wide range of sumptuous original sweets for you to enjoy either for yourself or as a gift to someone dear to you.

     

    It overflows with the kind of traditional Japaneseness you want to be surrounded by, so be sure to head on over to check our their collection of treats you can only find there.

     

    ■Information

    Patisserie “Lien 1928” (栞杏1928)

    Address: Hotel Gajoen Tokyo 1F, 1-8-1 Shitameguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

    Open: 10am-8pm

    Enquiries: Restaurant Desk

    TEL: 050-3188-7570 Service Hours: 9am-8pm

    Patisserie “Lien 1928”

    TEL: 03-5434-5230 *Available from September 1st

     

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