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The gift of gratitude

Celebrating culture and community in Japan

The act of giving thanks enriches and elevates us. It has been proven that those who show their gratitude and share their light are more likely to be happy – because they are consciously open to the positive. It’s not a matter of personality, but of practice: when we choose to give gratitude, we receive happiness in return. The festive season gives us all a chance to offer the gift of our thanks, to cherish what we love, and to look to the light.

For Aman, the season is a time to celebrate and give back to the communities and natural environments that sustain us. As an Aman guest during the festive season, you are invited to make meaningful connections with local cultures, participate in vital conservation initiatives, and to end the year with thankfulness and positivity. Discover the myriad ways in which Aman destinations are giving thanks and championing their communities this year.  
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Tel: (65) 6715 8855 (Singapore)

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I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder

GK Chesterton
 
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Aman Tokyo

In the heart of one of the world’s most fast-paced and future-focused modern metropolises, Aman Tokyo makes space for slowness, preserving spiritually rich traditions that have shaped Japanese culture over the ages. At New Year, in particular, the hotel’s programme of celebrations is filled with symbolic customs and meditative rituals that have been practised for centuries.

In Japan, New Year, in particular, is a time of ritual and tradition. On New Year’s Day, guests will be given ema tablets on which to express their wishes for 2021, and the Aman team will take these to the Hie shrine for dedication. Because of the ancient belief that rice is connected to the soul and thus enhances vitality, rice-based food and drink such as sake and mochi are particularly auspicious at the beginning of a new cycle. In the Garden Lounge, Mochitsuki (mochi pounding) takes place on the morning of 1 January. Guests are invited to help beat the steamed rice to a dough, which is then made into mochi rice cakes. On 2 January, guests can join a calligraphy expert for Kakizome ('first writing’), when they will be encouraged to select and write a kanji character with a meaning aligned to their hopes for the year ahead.  

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The meditative garden setting of Aman Kyoto offers opportunities to reconnect with nature in all seasons, but the coming of winter and the approach of the year’s end inspires a deeper sense of reflection – a chance to gain perspective and give thanks. For the team at the hotel, this means reaching out to the surrounding community in various ways, such as providing specially made Christmas sweets from the restaurant kitchen to children at a local foster care facility and joining the local community for the cleaning of the Kamiyagawa river. Executive chef Kentaro Torii is collaborating with local producers in the Rakuhoku area, who appreciate Kaiteki (sustainability) of the natural environment, to make a range of special festive-season products available for guests, including chocolate truffles and Kamigamo pure honey.

Spiritual connections also come into focus at this time of transition, and Aman Kyoto has produced its own Gosyuin-cho to share with guests visiting the city’s shrines and temples over new year. This is a book in which visitors to temples and other religious places collect gosyuin (red-ink stamps) from the temples and other religious sites that they visit – a type of passport of devotion that is highly prized in Japan. To ensure good health and fortune awaits all Aman guests in 2021, a traditional Lion Dance marks the shift from one year to the next, accompanied by traditional new year sake.  

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Amanemu

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People have travelled to Ise-Shima to give thanks, reflect and pray for good fortune for thousands of years. The region is known for its pilgrim trails, sacred forest paths and ancient Shinto shrines. These include Ise Jingu, one of the most revered in Japan, and the perfect place to visit to give thanks, mark the end of 2020, and formulate hopes and resolutions for the year ahead.

This festive season, in support of local vendors who have been impacted by Covid-19, Amanemu welcomes eye-opening visits from its neighbours. A local historian (and former teacher) will be sharing the fascinating story of Ise Jingu, and one of the ama – the famed female pearl divers of Ago Bay – will join Aman guests to tell tales of her life beneath the waves. Over the festive season, a local florist whose business is under threat has been invited to the resort to provide wreath-making workshops for guests interested in the meditative Japanese art of ikebana.  

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Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life.

Rumi