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Funky Friday: The Room With the Dragon Tattoo at the Park Hotel Tokyo

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  Site Where: Shiodome Media Tower 1 -7-1, Higashi Shimbashi, Minato-ku 105-7227, Tokyo, Japan
March 7, 2014 at 4:18 PM | by | Comment (1)

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

Tokyo’s Park Hotel is kicking up its artwork a notch while integrating Japanese culture into the guest experience--one room at a time. Their new program, “Artist in Hotel,” aims to transform 31 guest rooms over the next three years, all designed by Japanese artists. Ultimately, all the new rooms will encompass one full floor of the hotel with each featuring original wall paintings or other decorative art that inspired an artist while staying at the hotel. Rent the entire floor and you can have your own artist-inspired block party.

The program launched with four rooms of which the “Dragon Room”, above, caught our attention. We chose this room as today’s Funky Friday edition because it is fearless, in your face, and pretty much the extra guest in the room.

The Dragon Room was created by Japanese-born artist Kyoko Abe, who now lives in Thailand. Be forewarned this is no pansy dragon. Starting right where you lay your head to sleep, it slithers along the walls of the room, makes a pit stop in the bathroom, and engulfs doors and anything else in its path. Good dragon, nice dragon.

If dragons are not your thing, choose from the “Sumo Room” -- you can guess what that might look like -- the “Zen Room,” where less is simply less, and the "Washi Room," inspired from traditional Japanese paper.

All in all, we love that Park Hotel is sharing its heritage in an up close and personal way through this in-room art program. We cannot imagine what is coming next but for now, the room "with the dragon tattoo" gets our vote.

Rooms start from $240, with occasional deals for multi-night stays

Photo: Park Hotel Tokyo

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