More than 130 “small worlds” such as three-dimensional sein that reproduces a scene from the movie gather “100 steps traveling through time”

Hotel Gajoen Tokyo (Location: Meguro-ku, Tokyo / General Manager: Shinichiro Sawa), a museum hotel in Japan, is holding a “100 Steps to Travel through Time” for a limited time until Sunday, April 10, 2022, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Designated Tangible Cultural Property “Hyakudan”. From Sunday, January 15 to Sunday, March 27, in addition to miniature works made with various techniques under the theme of “Little World”, gorgeous vine decorations and bean chicks are on display. We will publish some of the highlights.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Designated Tangible Cultural Property “Hyakudandan” is the only wooden building existing in the hotel, built as building No. 3 of the former Meguro Gajoen. In this exhibition, we will introduce episodes from the time of establishment, such as the origins of the gorgeous building and various ideas realized by the founder Rizo Hosokawa, and explore the charm of cultural properties themselves.

In addition, from January 15, works of “Chiisa World” expressed by various techniques such as paper art, dollhouse, and three-dimensional frontage will be exhibited in the exhibition that changes from time to time. In addition, you can enjoy the colors of early spring, such as the historic town on the south bank of Kasumigaura, the vine decorations and creative dolls of Edozaki, Inashiki City, Ibaraki Prefecture, and the chisy-e-hina hina of nikiya, a kaiseki restaurant that was built in the same year as the cultural property “Hyakudan”, and is now registered as a tangible cultural property of Japan.

Please enjoy the adorable spring world with various miniature works and gorgeous Hina dolls.

■Highlights (1)   “Small worlds” with different tastes made with various techniques gather
Works such as cats that are so small that can not be seen with the naked eye by miniature woodcarving artist Nobuhisa Koide, lighting paintings by Chiharu Irie with an impressive heartwarming expression, midoriya Wasusa’s dry landscape that expresses works from the world of a small box garden, miniatures of nostalgic scenery by Billy, etc. are exhibited in “Shizusui-no-ma”. In addition, “Kiyokata-no-Ma” exhibits showa retro works such as the scenery of downtown Tokyo by paper artist Takashi Ota, and models in which three-dimensional floor plan artist Takaman Nobuo reproduces a scene from the movie. If you look up at the ceiling, admire the ceiling paintings and transom paintings of powerful cultural assets that jump into your eyes, and lower your eyes, you can experience the mysterious scene where a small world spreads.

■Highlights (2) Exhibit small hina dolls such as colorful bean chicks and tsurushi decorations
When you get off the elevator leading to the cultural property “Hyakudan”, you will first welcome all the wood-made chicks of Asakusabashi “Hara Takasu”. You can see the world of doll beauty unique to Takasu Hara, which inherits the technology of intangible cultural property designation derived by the first Mr. Hara Yonesu and boasts a history of 110 years. In addition, in kusaoka-no-ma, vine decorations and creative dolls by the Edozaki Tsurushibina no Kai in Inashiki City, Ibaraki Prefecture, and small hina dolls owned by Nikiya in Kitaurawa, Saitama Prefecture, are also on display. I feel the arrival of spring in the world of colorful chicks made with a desire for the growth of children one by one.

■ Highlights (3) Selling kits that allow you to experience the pleasure of making
Miniature art is attracting attention as a hobby that adults can enjoy. In this exhibition, we also exhibit and sell items that can be enjoyed at home, such as miniature houses and 3D wood puzzles. If you handcraft a small world while waiting for the arrival of spring, you can also enjoy the sense of accomplishment when it is completed.

■Outline of the “100 Steps to Travel through Time”
Period: Small World – March 27 (Sun)
Spring tour March 28 (Mon.) – April 10 (Sun.)
Time: 12:30 – 18:00 (last admission 17:30) *Closed at 17:00 on Sunday, March 27 (last admission 16:30)
Venue: Hotel Gajoen Tokyo Tokyo Designated Tangible Cultural Property “Hyakudandan”
Admission: Same-day ticket 1,000 yen / Student 500 yen (student ID card required) / Preschooler free
Sales: Hotel Gajoen Tokyo (general admission ticket) / Official online ticket (general admission ticket, ticket with goods)
Organizer: Hotel Gajoen Tokyo
Inquiries: 03-5434-3140 (Event Planning 10:00 – 18:00)

■Online Exclusive Tickets
(1) [Limited quantity] Ticket with miniature tableware 1,800 yen
Tickets with cute miniature tableware. It is an item that adds color to the decoration of the room.

(2) [Limited quantity] Ticket with 3D Wood Puzzle 2,500 yen
Enjoy the sense of accomplishment at home with the wood puzzle of the “tram” that you assemble yourself.

(3) [Capacity, advance reservation required] Gallery Talk 1,800 yen
After the general tour, a gallery talk will be held by the person in charge of planning. You can see it slowly as if it were reserved for private use.
Dates: Saturday, January 15 – Saturday, March 26, every Friday and Saturday
Time: From 18:00
※ It will be a guided tour of about 50 minutes.
* Please enter at least 10 minutes in advance.
*The museum shop closes at 18:00. If you are using this service, you can enter as soon as possible.

(4) [Limited number] Ticket with date and time designated guide 1,000 yen
You can enjoy the world of Japanese beauty decorated with auspicious motifs with commentary by dedicated staff.
Dates: March 28 (Mon)- April 10 (Sun) 
Time: 13:00 / 15:00 / 17:00

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What is Hotel Gajoen Tokyo?
This is the one and only museum hotel with over 90 years of tradition and 2,500 Japanese paintings and arts and crafts. All 60 rooms are more than 80 square metres away, complete with a steam sauna and whirlpool, and combine simplicity with the elegant beauty of Japan. It has 7 restaurants including Japanese, Chinese and Italian cuisine that inherits the hospitality, 23 banquet facilities including a Japanese-style banquet hall that is full of Japanese beauty, and “100 Steps” designated by tokyo metropolitan government tangible cultural property.
It is also a member of small luxury hotels of the World (SLH), which consists of more than 520 independent luxury hotels in 80 countries, and traveller Made®, a global luxury tourism consortium.

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