Japanese values we‘d love to share with you
Live close to nature and spirit
Japan’s native Shinto worldview considers all living creatures and even rocks and mountains to have a spirit-- the Japanese landscape both rural and urban is dotted with small shrines to these thousands of local gods. Traditional architecture emphasizes natural materials such as wood, and the use of white space as a positive element. Food ingredients are processed as little as possible, to be enjoyed sonomama, as they are. No, Japan isn't immune to the world's modern pressures, but a connection to nature and spirit helps ground individuals and society as a whole.
Witness timeless traditions, riding on-time trains
An imperial line unbroken for almost two thousand years. Artisanal traditions carried through over four, or even ten, generations. Businesses founded in the 1600’s with lines out the door to this day. Across many sectors of society, Japan’s accumulated wisdom is patiently applied and renewed each day. This same spirit drives continuous innovation in hypermodern settings like Japan’s much-admired train system and its pioneering robotics industry.
Feel the creative energy, from refined to wacky
From intricately hand-dyed kimonos and sneaker street style, to giant Buddha statues and manga characters, Japan is a paradise for traditional cultural expression and subcultures alike. Professional trend watchers keep a close eye on Tokyo as a source of both new artistic directions and reimaginations of historical craft.
Seek your mindful balance
Japanese put a high value on patience and balance. Attention to detail pervades the culture, and many traditional practices help to develop this quality. Zazen meditation cultivates a stable calm center for witnessing the coming and going of thoughts and feelings, to foster a clear mind and an honest but non-judgmental self-understanding. For guests seeking more movement, sword and ninja lessons do something similar.
Indulge your senses
Tokyo has 160,000 restaurants, and more Michelin stars than any other city in the world. The presentation of Kyoto’s kaiseki cuisine enthralls the eye as well as the palate. Each rural region of Japan has a distinct local cuisine developed over centuries and centered around seasonal ingredients. Japan’s many traditional ryokan hotels offer world class dining, along with healing natural hot springs and cozy futons for sleeping. Pour on the fun with delicious artisanal whiskeys, sake, and shochu. Experience new sounds like taiko drums and shakuhachi flute, and spectacles like kabuki theater, sumo wrestling or a regional festival.