TOKYO, Japan – Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo(KPH), one of Japan’s most prestigious international hotels located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, will jointly host the 36th “Summer Festival of Arita/Imari Porcelains,” to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Japan’s long tradition of porcelain art.
The spectacular complimentary exhibition will be held in the lobby from July 1st to August 7th, 2016, with the sponsorship of Saga Prefectural Government. In addition, artworks of other various Arita/Imari’s contemporary artists will also be displayed and available for sale during this exhibition. This exhibition is designed to provide overseas visitors with opportunities to gain a better understanding of Arita/Imari porcelain, which is one of Japan’s traditional and representative art forms. Moreover, restaurants within the hotel will also accentuate delicious and specially prepared menu items by serving them in Arita/Imari porcelain dishes.
Arita/Imari porcelain artwork started 400 years ago in the Arita town and Imari city in Saga prefecture and has been highly esteemed in Japan and abroad. Keio Plaza Hotel has been hosting a special event of Arita/Imari Porcelains for the past 36 years, allowing hotel guests to experience the unique artwork and its history. This year’s theme of the exhibition is “Modern Art, Reflections of the Future.” A spectacular “Porcelain Tree” monument will be displayed in the main lobby, measuring 9.5 meters long and 3 meters wide. This decorative exhibition consists of Arita porcelain artworks by three renowned porcelain artists, Inoue Manji, the 14th Imaizumi Imaemon and the 15th Sakaida Kakiemon -two of whom are National Living Treasures- whose Arita porcelain overturn conventions and challenge perceptions.
In addition to the porcelain artworks, ten of Keio Plaza Hotel’s restaurants will provide guests with specially prepared menus. Moreover, the various artistic porcelain dishes used in Arita/Imari special menus will also be available for purchase.