Keio Plaza Hotel Hosts “Hina-matsuri (Girls’ Doll Festival)” Event – 6,800 Magnificent Hanging Art Ornaments and Tea Ceremony Culture
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo (KPH), one of Japan’s most prestigious international hotels located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, will host an event entitled “Hina-matsuri through Tea Ceremony Culture and Hanging Art” to help guests celebrate Japan’s cultural event known as Girls’ Doll Festival or “Hina-matsuri” from February 1 (Friday) to March 28 (Thursday), 2019 with magnificent hanging art ornaments displayed in our lobby and special menu items served in our restaurants. In addition to the display of some 6,800 magnificent and ornate handmade dolls and other traditional decorations in this coming event, our Hotel will also display various traditional and historical art items used in traditional Japanese tea ceremony, which has long been a part of the cultural upbringing of Japanese women from the Meiji Period (1868 to 1912).
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Hanging decorative art ornaments meticulously hand stitched from cloth of old silk kimono garments by renowned quilt artist Mitsuyo Matsuo and the 90 members of her Himawari Group of artists will be displayed. These ornaments are carefully crafted for this exhibition and symbolically reflect the hopes for health and happiness of children. For example, the decorations created for this exhibition have various symbolic meaning such as monkeys with ability to ward off calamities, mandarin ducks reflecting love between spouses, and pillows representing children who sleep well and grow healthily. Also, traditional wooden Mataro dolls from Kamikamo Shrine in Kyoto will be displayed along with a magnificent 3.3 meter high hanging decorative art ornament exhibit in the third floor main lobby area to welcome guests to our hotel.
The “Tea Ceremony Culture Exhibition” will be held in cooperation with Honorary Professor Hiroichi Tsutsui of Kyoto University and display tea cups, bamboo teaspoons, water vessels and other precious and beautiful instruments used in traditional tea ceremony. In addition, other tea ceremony items including parlor ornaments, incenses and picture scrolls of Japanese confectionaries will also be displayed to demonstrate the cultural and aesthetic beauty reflected in Japanese tea ceremony.
Also, special menu items commemorating the “Hina-matsuri (Girls’ Doll Festival)” will be served at nine of our restaurants during the months of February and March 2019.
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