On May 17, 2022, Palace Hotel Tokyo celebrated its 10th anniversary.
In commemoration of this special occasion, Lobby Lounge The Palace Lounge will be renewing its afternoon tea service from its signature jyubako of layered lacquered boxes.
The new afternoon tea service starting September 2022 will be presented on lacquerware made by world-renowned Akito Akagi, based in Wajima. Akagi’s representative work “Stones,” using river stones as a motif, was redesigned exclusively for this afternoon tea.
Whereas most Wajima lacquerware apply a final coat uwanuri to express the smooth texture and beauty, Akagi chose not to take this process for “Stones,” emphasizing the matte, modern texture.
Made of wood and lacquer born of nature, “Stones” resonates with “Harmony with Nature,” one of Palace Hotel Tokyo’s brand values.
Where: Lobby Lounge The Palace Lounge (1F)
When: From September 1 (Thu.), 2022
Hours: 11:00 am / 11:30 am / 2:00 pm / 2:30 pm / 5:00 pm / 5:30 pm
*Afternoon Tea seating is limited to 2.5 hours.
Price: JPY 8,000 per person / JPY 10,400 with a glass of Champagne
*Prices are inclusive of consumption tax and subject to an additional 15% service charge.
*Limited to 20 servings per day.
Under the sub-theme of “Colors of Japan,” the lacquer vessels serve as canvases for sweets and savories colored in traditional hues, with changing menus marking seasonal transitions. Enjoy an afternoon tea tantamount to a work of art.
*Menus to change with the season.
Tel: 03-3211-5370 (10:00 am – 7:00 pm)
Born in Okayama Prefecture in 1962, Akito Akagi graduated from the Philosophy Department at Chuo University and initially worked as a magazine editor.
Moving to Wajima in 1988, he studied under lacquer craftsman Susumu Okamoto, and opened his own studio in 1994.
Akagi has since gained international recognition, and was selected as one of the “Twelve contemporary Japanese lacquerware artists” at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum. In 2004, his artwork became part of the collection at Die Neue Sammlung, a design museum in Germany.
His lacquerware is conceived to enrich contemporary life.
Matcha “Hatsu-mukashi” from Jugetsudo served in an original Kiyomizu-yaki bowl by Zensho Kiln / Palace Hotel Tokyo original rakugan (dried sugar confectionery)
Baba au rhum with coffee-flavored cream / Salt sablé with whole wheat flour, praline ganache cream / Maple-flavored meringue chantilly, orange jelly / Blueberry cheese cake / Japanese confectionery from “Kasho Kikuya” / Tea-flavored macaron, tea butter cream
* Confectioneries from “Kasho Kikuya” change by the 24 solar terms.
Ground cherry, apricot and vanilla pâte des fruits / Cassis mousse / Pistachio éclair / Apple tart / Mont blanc, sugar-coated cacao nibs / Pear jelly
Radis au beurre flavored with yuzu / Maitake mushroom velouté / Carrot tart / Salmon rillettes with mushroom salad / Canapé with beets, apple, walnut, fromage blanc / Focaccia sandwich with egg and truffle
Bamboo charcoal and cacao scone / clotted cream / grape jam
Japanese tea and Japanese confectionery purveyors will change with the season.
Selections for Autumn (September through November) 2022 are by…
Japanese tea: Jugetsudo
A Japanese tea shop started by the venerable Maruyama Nori founded in 1854, promising an enjoyable fragrance of tea that stimulates the senses while providing a sense of comfort. Selected for this autumn season is “Hatsu-mukashi,” a premium matcha made from tea leaves picked on the first day of harvest.
Japanese confectionery: Kasho Kikuya
Since its founding in 1935, Kasho Kikuya has been committed to the beauty of craftsmanship while retaining the tradition of handmade confectionery. Savor the delicate sweets that change by the 24 solar terms.