Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Hosts the Exhibition of Japanese and European Fans

Collaborating with Kyoto City and the POLA Research Institute of Beauty
and Culture

Plaza Hotel Tokyo
, one of Japan’s most prestigious international
hotels, located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, hosts an special exhibition entitled Ogi
Mystique -Exhibition of Japanese & European Fans-”
the beauty of Japanese decorative fans, which found their way to Europe
and became the inspiration for fans used by aristocratic ladies in
Europe. This exhibition is complimentary and is held in May, 2017. A
wide variety of about 50 fans are displayed to show their beautiful
allure and how they came to be highly popular fashion items amongst
aristocratic women of the Rococo Era of the 18th century.

The Japanese ogi fans to be put on display are loaned from the Kyoto
Museum of Traditional Crafts
, Kyoto Folding Fans and Round Fans
Commercial Cooperative Association and the Organization of Cultural
Inheritance, and illustrate the history of traditional Japanese Imperial
Court “Hi-ogi” fans. There will be explanations of the various
uses of these ornate fans in Japanese traditional dance and monologue rakugo
storytelling. Thirty different fans will be displayed to illustrate
the aesthetic beauty of this Japanese cultural art form.

The POLA Research Institute of Beauty and Culture will loan about 20
Western fans to this exhibition to demonstrate the beauty and cultural
value of fans used by aristocratic women during the 18th to 20th
century in Europe, which have been inspired by Japanese “Ogi
fans. Fans of various designs and materials including those made from
delicate and transparent lace used in weddings, gothic style pinnacle
framed gold leaf embroidered fans, exotic fans made in China, and art
nouveau styled fans created for aristocratic households will also be on
display along with descriptions of their history and how the art form
evolved over time. The fans displayed in the exhibition will also
provide attendants a sense of their role in history and how they were
used for their aesthetic beauty.

About the Keio Plaza Hotel

Plaza Hotel Tokyo
, located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, is one of Japan’s
leading international hotels. Our hotel offers unique services that
allow them to experience Japanese culture, including our Hello
Kitty themed rooms
, wedding
kimono fitting experience
, tea
, ikebana
and many


Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo
Sunaho Nakatani, +81-3-5322-8010
Relations Manager