Program creation project for a Minamiboso gastronomy experience that touches the essence of Japanese food culture
“Washoku” traditional Japanese dietary culture is registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage and is one of the top reasons people visit Japan. This premium tour has been created to develop new attractions in Minamiboso focusing on Japanese cuisine, which has garnered a lot of attention over recent years, and the food culture that embodies the thoughts and ideas about cooking that Japanese people have.
The highlight of this tour is the special “Hochoshiki” knife ceremony that has been held as an imperial court event since the Heian period (794–1185) at Takabe Shrine, the only shrine in Japan that enshrines the “gods of cooking.” In addition, special experiences tailored to the tastes of tourists who are passionate about food have been prepared to allow people to fully enjoy the rich food culture unique to the region. Such experiences include fishing with local fishermen, who do not usually take guests with them; an organic lunch--made with locally produced vegetables--at a 300-year-old farming house with locals who share their thoughts and experiences about traditional Japanese life and culture; a visit to an “ama” female divers’ hut; a wild game experience in the satoyama, an area in which humans live sustainably in the environment; and an experience with fermented food. A professional guide will accompany the tour with the aim of providing further added value by deepening the participants’ understandings not only of the language but also of Japanese food and the local culture.
Minamiboso City, located 90 minutes by car from Tokyo and Narita and Haneda Airports, is a town of serenity and healing, with its warm and scenic location, summer sea, and spring flowers. In addition to the two-day tour that provides enjoyment of the rich charm of Minamiboso, which is blessed with plentiful seafood and fresh produce from the land, day trips to Tokyo can be arranged to suit individual needs.
At this event, Visitors can gaze upon the "SUN" artwork accompanied by music as they stroll along a garden path, watching as the artpiece works with and blends into the surrounding Japanese garden's funatsuki (boat landing), suhama (pebble beach), dejima (peninsula), nakajima (inner island), bridges, and tsukuyama (man-made hills). In the garden's tea ceremony room, a window is made into a work of art that brings a new perspective to the garden. In the mizuya (preparation room) and small tea ceremony room, a sakazuki sake cup combining YOSHIROTTEN's design with the lacquer technique of Bokashi Nuri from Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, will be shown for the first time. Aluminum prints of "SUN" and other works will be on display and for sale in the tokonoma (alcove), and special items made especially for this occasion will be sold at the ryurei chaseki (tea room with chairs).
MICUSRAT - Loves music and art - SUN by YOSHIROTTEN | Installation in Makuhari New City, which is a project to create an international hub to share art in Japan through the fusion of music and art, will be held for three days from August 18 (Friday) to August 20 (Sunday), 2023. This will be held at four locations: Makuhari Seaside Park, Mihama-en Japanese Garden, Makuhari Messe Front Square, and Makuhari no Hama Beach.
YOSHIROTTEN's iconic "SUN" series consists of 365 images of the silvery sun, with one painted each day during the COVID-19 pandemic for an entire year. Colored by hand using digital tools rather than being automatically generated, and reflecting the colors of its surroundings, each painting of "SUN" has a totally unique character and carries the message that no two days are ever the same.
Spectacular seasonal landscapes: A world-class mountain resort with unprecedented ways to enjoy Oze National Park OZE MOUNTAI N RESORT
Fujimi-toge Pass (1,883m), the highest point in Oze National Park, and Ayamedaira Marsh (1,969m), a 20-minute walk from Fujimi-toge Pass, are known as a heavenly paradise that has long attracted many hikers.
The area also served as the starting point of nature conservation efforts, which were triggered by the marshlands being devastated by the influx of people in the 1950s. Later, in 1972, the first gomi mochikaeri (take trash home) campaign was proposed in Japan. Since then, Oze National Park has taken a stance of sustainability from very early on.
This special guided winter tour is set in the Ayamedaira Marsh area of Oze National Park.
Oze National Park itself is usually covered in deep snow during the winter. Only skilled mountaineers or trained workers are normally allowed to set foot in the area. However, the winter scenery is exceptionally beautiful.
For the first time, we secured a way to access Oze National Park in winter.
Snowcats (a type of snow vehicle) have made it possible to reach the center of the park in winter without requiring special skills. There are landscapes that the average person has never seen before and fields that have never been walked on. Please come and experience this special moment in the outdoors.
*The destination may be changed from Ayamedaira Marsh to Tashiro-para depending on weather and snow conditions.
*Ayamedaira Marsh is accessible from mid-February to mid-April. From mid-January to mid-February, the tour will go up to Tashiro-para, and will not go to Ayamedaira Marsh.
Inheriting the Treasures of the Shosoin Repository: A History of Treasure Replication Beginning with Emperor Meiji
The Shosoin Repository in Nara houses various treasures (arts, crafts, documents, etc.) that have been handed down since the Nara period (710–792). An exhibition introducing replicas of these treasures will be held at the Meiji Jingu Museum, designed by world-renowned architect Kengo Kuma. Although they are replicas, these valuable articles, which were expertly reproduced by skilled craftsmen using the same materials and techniques as the treasures based on scientific research, are very popular among the Japanese people. On the first floor, visitors are introduced to the Shosoin Repository through rare video footage of the repository itself to show what sort of place it is. On the second floor, more than 30 replicas of treasures from the Shosoin Repository will be on display, along with a detailed introduction of the relationship between these treasures and Emperor Meiji, who initiated the replication project. At the exhibition, audio guides in English, Korean, and Chinese will be provided to help inbound visitors better understand the exhibition.
In addition to visiting Meiji Shrine, one of Japan's most popular shrines, visitors have the rare opportunity to encounter replicas of ancient Japanese treasures in the nearby museum.
"New National Theatre, Tokyo" is the only national theater with a dedicated theater for opera and ballet and presents first-class operas performed by live orchestras, world-class conductors, and soloists. The December performance will be Johann Strauss II's opera Die Fledermaus. The elegant and stylish stage directed by Heinz Zednik, a famous tenor who is the Vienna court singer, will await you with the best seats. Japanese sake will be served between acts to accompany the jubilant production that ends with the cheerful song, "All I Want is More Champagne." Enjoy a relaxing and glamorous time in our specially set up salon. After the show, you will also have the chance to visit backstage, which is not normally accessible. Enjoy a special experience unique to theater, along with the lingering memories of the opera.
Experience the Essence of Japanese Sword Culture at Oyamazumi Shrine, which Holds 80 Percent of Japan's National Treasures and Important Weaponry
See the treasures of Oyamazumi Shrine, followed by a performance
Located almost in the middle of the Setonaikai National Park, Omishima Island is also known as the "Island of National Treasures." This is because it is home to as much as 80 percent of the armor designated National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties, as well as the oldest piece of armor in Japan (a National Treasure), as presented by the emperors and great generals of the past. Guests will get down to the heart of Japanese sword culture, both traditional and modern, on a private ride on the SEA SPICA, a luxury sightseeing cruiser that has been used for the G7 Summit. On this guided tour, you will hear tales from a chief Shinto priest and a Japanese sword scholar, Paul Martin, regarding the treasures that have been gifted to Oyamazumi Shrine, which will be followed by a 2.5-D performance of “The Genpei Seven Nights of Swords.”
2.5-D Performance of “The Genpei Seven Nights of Swords”
A blind, traveling minstrel visits Oyamazumi Shrine in the middle of the Seto Inland Sea under cover of darkness. As he plays his tune, the notes stir ancient warrior spirits from beyond the grave, driven by an unyielding quest for a legendary sword of Oyamazumi Shrine. This extraordinary performance features swords and other weapons used during the Genpei period during the late 1100s that have since been dedicated to Oyamazumi Shrine. This tale of seafaring military commanders is brought to you by popular 2.5-D musical actors and will premiere on a purpose-built stage on the grounds of Oyamazumi Shrine.
A special program to experience the traditional culture and festivals that have been nurtured over history on the Noto Peninsula, which is surrounded by mountains and the sea
Experience a Shinto ritual and “Naorai” at the prestigious Keta-taisha Shrine, which has a history of 1,200 years and is counted as one of Japan's top four shrines. Naorai is an event where people eat the offerings to the gods after a Shinto ritual, which symbolizes the gods and people becoming one by eating together, and involves enjoying Japanese food culture and Noto’s natural features in a beautiful setting.
Noto has many unique festivals and folk events that have been passed down through generations. Experience a Noto festival at the Wakura Onsen Omatsuri Hall, where cuisine made from Noto produce and prepared by Kagaya, one of Japan's leading ryokan, is enjoyed while local residents provide a special performance in front of festival floats.
Experience a matcha tea ceremony at Seirin-ji Temple, which stands on a hill overlooking Wakura Onsen.
An exceptional program has been planned, and it includes a specially guided tour of works from the Oku-Noto Triennale held in Suzu City, at the tip of the Noto Peninsula, a tour to view Wajima-nuri lacquerware, one of Japan's major traditional crafts, guided by one of the artisans, and purchasing food at the Wajima morning market with a one-star Michelin chef, followed by an exquisite lunch at the restaurant.
A program to create an experiential tour of daily life and the challenges of revitalization along the Fukushima coast through exchange with local residents
Content provision and the reception of visitors is mainly performed by residents living in the area around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, and all of the resources used (facilities such as old houses, tour guides, residents who can be interacted with, gourmet experiences, etc.) are based around the experience of the nuclear disaster and trying to rebuild through trial and error. This provides an experience of the conditions and local life at the time of the incident and explains the challenges that regional revitalization pose for the future, which cannot be learned from the news, thereby providing new value to visitors.
Experience the charm of contemporary art works unique to this tour, located in the midst of the nature of the Oshika Peninsula, which has recovered from the unprecedented earthquake. Experiences include being part of JR's global art project “Inside Out” and admiring Kohei Nawa's sculpture “White Deer (Oshika)” while being guided by the music of Takeshi Kobayashi's installation work. A special lunch featuring the rich produce of Sanriku and prepared by a highly skilled chef is included. A taxi with a professional guide will lead the laidback tour.
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter is a popular tourist destination about an hour from Hiroshima and Osaka Stations by JR railway lines, with its old-fashioned white-walled streets, souvenir stores, and jeans stores. The tour will explore the footsteps of the Ohara family members (Magosaburo and Soichiro Ohara), who laid the foundations for the town, with a guide who will take you on a tour of the Ohara House Katalyzer, the Ohara Museum of Art, and the surrounding areas. The tour will begin with a lecture on the history of the Ohara family. This will foster intellectual curiosity and provide an opening for visitors to deepen their understanding of Kurashiki, as they will learn how the Ohara family was involved in the formation of Kurashiki, which prospered as a spinning mill town.
The main focus of the tour is on experiencing culture and art through seeing, hearing, and experiencing the "real things" that are tied to the Ohara family. The tour will reserve the Ohara House, where the Ohara family has lived for generations, and will also include a special visit to the private collection of the Ohara family, which is not normally open to the public, and an ensemble concert on the Bechstein piano, which has been loved and cherished by the Ohara family for generations. In addition, the Ohara Museum of Art will be chartered for a guided tour by an English-speaking guide who has received special training in artwork, as well as for a special private dinner experience in the exhibition room. This will also include a private viewing of Yurinso, the former villa of the Ohara family used as a guest house, which is not normally open to the public.
For accommodation, a stylish inn that was renovated from an old traditional house in Kurashiki and rented out as a whole house will be prepared. We hope that you will indulge in this experience as if you were living in the city of Kurashiki.
Come to the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter to experience various other activities, such as a green tea ceremony, a tour of a local sake brewery, a rickshaw ride, and a chance to wear a kimono.