Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo (KPH), one of Japan’s most prestigious international hotels located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, will jointly host a photographic exhibition celebrating sports entitled “Athletes Competing in the Global Arena – Sports News Photograph Exhibition 2016” with The Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd. and The Sports Nippon Newspapers Co., Ltd. from September 1st to November 14th, 2016.
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo will hold “Sports Photograph Exhibition” in this autumn, 2016. This photo is a picture of Muhammad Ali scoring a jab to the left cheek of Antonio Inoki during their fight held in June 1976. (Source: Sports Nippon Newspapers)
This complimentary exhibition will display about 50 photographs taken by news photographers depicting athletes competing in various global sporting events in the lobby areas of our hotel. In addition to this photographic exhibition, a special section will be created in memory of Muhammad Ali, one of the world’s most famous professional boxers who passed away in June, to display various photographs including scenes from his visit to Japan to fight Antonio Inoki, one of Japan’s most famous professional wrestlers, in 1976.
Muhammad Ali was our guest staying in our Imperial Suite Room at Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo for a total of 12 nights when he visited Japan in 1976 to fight Antonio Inoki in a special fighting event. Totally befitting his status as one of the world’s top sports athletes and celebrities, Muhammad Ali was a gentleman throughout his stay with us. He also provided glimpses of his personal side when he played some of his favorite songs on our grand piano, went jogging in the early morning hours, and enjoyed a meal of chateaubriand steak for breakfast at one of our restaurants. We will introduce a special display created in memory of The Greatest, and a walk around the lobby will take you back to those priceless moments when the historic fight took place.
This exhibition has been held for three consecutive years to help celebrate the achievements of athletes from around the world, captured graphically in dramatic pictures taken by professional news photographers to convey the attractiveness of sports.