The artist Mr. Hidetaka Furukawa started painting the 20th Artist Room based on the theme: “Edo-Tokyo”, on January 8, 2016, continued the work for about two and a half month while staying at the hotel, and completed it on March 29, 2016.
“I’d be delighted if guests who stay in this room have an opportunity to discover even a little bit about the history of Tokyo that lies behind its modern veneer”, said Mr. Furukawa. In the foregrounds of the paintings of Tokyo’s landmarks today, Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower, and Nihombashi, scenes from ukiyo-e are used. From the pictures of famous places by Hiroshige from Edo period, Mr. Furukawa had chosen ones of the same places viewed from the same angle. Seasonal flowers such as cherry blossoms, hydrangea, morning glories, chrysanthemum and camellia are also painted to symbolize that these flowers never change, even with a time difference of over 160 years.
In Artist Room Edo-Tokyo, please enjoy taking a leisurely time trip across one and a half centuries, while looking at the overlapping landscapes of Edo and Tokyo.
“Edo” is the old name for Tokyo, and it’s also the name for the period in Japan known as the early modern period. Before 1868, there was a samurai government, and Japan had not yet made a change-over to the Western type of modern state. It was here that townspeoples’ culture, such as kabuki and ukiyo-e, grew and flourished, at that time, in this city. Also, there were a lot of Japanese food items still popular today, such as sushi and soba, since it was at that time that they took their present form.