048VOL. 48 Arita Porcelain Event – Affinity With A Living National Treasure (Japan), Manji Inoue

2019.9.18 Web.

Since our opening, Keio Plaza Hotel has been committed and passionate about the works of art showcased around the hotel. When you walk down the restaurant corridor on the 2nd floor of the main building, you will see a beautiful white porcelain vase in front of Kaiseki restaurant “Soujuan”. This vase is the origin of Artia porcelain, made by the foremost figure of “white porcelain”, and now known as the living national treasure (Japan), Manji Inoue continues to pursue the beauty of the “ultimate white”.

Keio Plaza Hotel’s ties with Inoue run deep. It started with Inoue’s participation in the hotel’s “Arita and Imari Porcelain Festival” in 1981, which is a popular event up till today. In 1991, Inoue sent Keio Plaza Hotel an original porcelain work to commemorate the 20th year anniversary of the hotel’s opening. In 2016, to commemorate the 400th year anniversary of the founding of Arita porcelain, a special exhibition and lecture was held at Keio Plaza hotel. Making special appearances at luncheons, the hotel has received warm support from Inoue over the many years.

Asides the white porcelain vase at “Soujuan”, there is another one being displayed at Korean dining, “Gokoku-tei”. You might be able to see some of his porcelain works used to serve your meals at “Soujuan” and “Gokoku-tei”.
Inoue’s porcelain has clean lines, a dignified and elegant yet warm feel to it, which is very popular amongst the hotel’s guests. Come feel up close and be touched by the beauty and charm of the “Purpose and Beauty” of Manji Inoue’s porcelain ware at Keio Plaza Hotel.