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.
Organic matcha from TEA NAKAMURA served in an original Kiyomizu-yaki bowl by Zensho Kiln / Palace Hotel Tokyo original rakugan (dried sugar confectionery)
Hojicha chou à la crème / Birch roll cake, kumquat jam / Lime jelly, apple soup / Lychee mousse, mandarin orange jelly / Japanese confectionery from Chanoko
* Confectioneries from Chanoko change by the 24 solar terms.
Black sesame meringue Chantilly, passion fruit jelly / Bergamot mousse, kiwi fruit / Blue cheese macaron, cranberry jelly / Gâteau chocolat / coffee ganache / Chocolate dipped strawberries / Tonka bean parfait glacé, hot chocolate / Coconut flavored sablé
Jerusalem artichoke velouté / Cod brandade, cauliflower / Liver mousse, mustard cream / Apple, walnut and cream cheese cube / Zuwai crab and celeriac remoulade wrapped in radish / Parsnip tart / Focaccia sandwich with egg and caviar
Bamboo charcoal and black tea scone / mandarin orange jam
Japanese tea and Japanese confectionery purveyors will change with the season.
Selections for Autumn (December through February) are by…
Japanese tea: TEA NAKAMURA
TEA NAKAMURA from Shizuoka, committed to making the best tea throughout its history of over a century.
Enjoy a bowl of their organic matcha with the winter afternoon tea.
Japanese confectionery: Chanoko
Founded in 1917, Chanoko is a Japanese confectionery shop in Nishi-Kamakura.
Not relying on machines, each item is meticulously made by hand reflecting the elements of the season.