The Art of Omotenashi and the History of Ryotei with Kanetanaka's Noriko Okazoe
Saturday, February 22, 2020
*Please note this event will be held in Japanese. In addition, by attending this event, HCJ members may be referred to Kanetanaka by meeting Mrs. Okazoe personally.*
Please join us for an intimate talk with Noriko Okazoe, the proprietress of renowned Japanese ryotei Shimbashi Kanetanaka. Mrs. Okazoe and her husband, Shingo Okazoe, have faithfully kept the elegance and Japanese tradition of omotenashi at Kanetanaka, which was established by Mr. Okazoe's grandfather and has served numerous Japanese and overseas dignitaries. Mrs. Okazoe and her husband has since expanded their restaurants to include five others, including contemporary and zen-like dining at Omotesando Sasiya Kanetakana, a collaboration with world renowned artist Hiroshi Sugimoto. Mrs. Okazoe, herself from the Mogi family, founders of Kikkoman, will regale us with the history of Shinbashi's "kagai" district, as well as her ryotei and the refined art of omotenashi.
Proprietress of Kanetanaka Group. She is fond of Japanese traditions such as regular green tea ceremony, sencha tea ceremony, calligraphy and flower arrangement. She devotes herself every day to leaving ryotei, Japanese-style cuisine that is a part of traditional Japanese culture, to the next generation. Her interests are kabuki, opera and classical music concerts.
Shimbashi Kanetanaka is one of the most important Tokyo ryotei located along the historical Shinbashi Kagai (entertainment district). One of the few remaining geisha establishments in Tokyo and seeped in the refined, rarefied air of serenity and discretion, the ryotei Shimbashi Kanetanaka, which dates back to the Taisho era in the early 1900s, exemplifies the delights of old Japan. Admission is exclusive and by referral only, as with other high end ryotei. Visitors may enjoy dances and songs performed by Shimbashi geisha during their traditional kaiseki meals, surrounded by Japanese hospitality.
Location: Tokyo American Club
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Time: Doors open 6:30pm, speech begins at 7:00pm
Admission: 5,000 yen
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6:30PM - 9:00PM Sat 22 Feb 2020, Asia/Tokyo timezone