Many talented artists in Japan find it a challenge to make a living solely from their art, both because of the high cost of space to exhibit and also because investing in art for display at home is not the norm and, as a result, art loving visitors to Tokyo often leave disappointed. An ingenious group of entrepreneurs have joined forces to remedy this and have established the Bed & Art Project (BnA), a series of ‘art hotel rooms’. Visitors enjoy being surrounded by art and emerging artists benefit from a share of the profits from the room booking.
The founders, Yu Tarawa, Keigo Fukugaki, Kenji Daikoku and Yuto Maeda, have ambitious plans to take the idea further by transforming the city of Koenji into an art hotel by acquiring and developing art rooms all over Koenji, creating groups of rooms which operate as one hotel. There will be a main building housing the front desk where guests will check in and then be guided to their room through the city which will provide a true cultural experience.
Initial trials which launched on two Airbnb properties, were a huge success, and beautifully timed with Japan being Airbnb’s fastest growing market. To keep up-to-date with news and developments, follow their Facebook page.
Room 1 ‘Into the foreign’ by Yohei Takahashi
Room 2 ’Ten’ by Ryuichi Ogino (“Ogi”)
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