TRANSLATION | Eugenia Yang
The late autumn scenery has always fascinated the literati, while the crispness and clarity of the season take us back to the Edo period, a time of peace and prosperity. Through nature-inspired poetry, moon viewing and the chirping in the gardens, our five senses are heightened, allowing us to fully enjoy the beauty of autumn.
Bonsai Selection Experience
Slip into your yukata and turn the autumn scenery into an original miniature landscape garden—it’s the perfect leisure activity. At HOSHINOYA Tokyo, don’t miss the bonsai selection experience led by tray landscape designer, Tomoya Katsumata. Through the history of miniature landscape gardens, guests are guided to select bonsai trees of their liking. By placing the soil in different heights, the red and yellow leaves are planted and the positions of moss and stone are adjusted. Finishing with drawing patterns in the sand, your very own miniature garden is beautifully created.
Taste of the Season
Modeled after Japanese traditions, the Autumn Sencha Green Tea Tasting combines rare ingredients from around the world, a selection of different teas and fermented goods, while using French cooking techniques to present a creative Japanese-French afternoon tea set. As for breakfast, you will find a wide variety of autumnal vegetables and seafood—chestnut rice, millet salad, grilled autumn salmon— that recreates the distinctive cuisine of the Edo period. Enriched with flavors, the sea bream soup not only warms the stomach, but also surprises the palette, allowing travelers to enjoy the blessings of nature.
Moonlit Autumn Nights
Some say the moon is the most beautiful during the fall season, so why not go on a rickshaw tour around the Imperial Palace, Otemachi and Marunouchi areas? Different from the view during the day, the night sky is peaceful with the majestic moon floating over the cityscape. Enjoy rows of lit-up ginkgo trees that have begun to turn yellow as you take a stroll down Gyoko-dori Avenue in Marunouchi. Under the glowing lights, the night breeze blows with tenderness, bringing the beauty of autumn nights to full bloom.