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Tokyo, Kyoto, Shima and the art of omotenashi 

In Japan, the term omotenashi is often translated as ‘hospitality’, but it means much more. Its roots lie in the ritual of the tea ceremony, where it is both the responsibility and the honour of the host to meticulously and full-heartedly perform the making and brewing of the perfect cup. Omotenashi, therefore, has two dimensions: the performance of the action, and the sincerity and purity of the heart behind it – the welcome and the welcomer.

This distinctly Japanese way of treating guests is the inspiration for the hospitality philosophy of Aman. Across the world, the passion and purpose of Aman hotels is to host with reverence for nature, peace and the beauty of simplicity. Nowhere is this better expressed than at Aman’s destinations in the three capitals of Japan: Tokyo, the modern capital; Kyoto, the ancient capital; and Ise Shima, its spiritual birthplace. Each of these celebrates the art of omotenashi  in its own unique way, welcoming its guests with a distinctively Japanese combination of practised refinement and an honest, open heart.
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AMAN TOKYO

Intangible beauty

There is a Japanese expression, ‘kyouka suigetsu’, which translates as ‘mirror flower, water moon’ – a condensed form of the Chinese axiom ‘flower seen in the mirror, moon reflected on the water’s surface.’ It refers to the profound emotions triggered by something beautiful but untouchable – an encounter with the intangible sublime. It’s the kind of sensation created by the sight of the city’s vast skyline from Aman Tokyo’s swimming pool high above the street level, or triggered by exquisite artwork, like those encountered on the hotel’s Art Journey, an expert-guided exploration of Tokyo’s classical and contemporary galleries.

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Master chef Musashi preparing sushi at Aman Tokyo

Artistry as centre stage

At his Hinoki wooden counter, master chef Musashi demonstrates another expression of omotenashi – the preparation of sushi. Among Japanese chefs, the making of sushi and sashimi is a vocation, demanding many years of patient practise to master the skills demanded. At Musashi by Aman, he brings his lifelong dedication to a daily set menu in the omakase tradition, whereby diners submit themselves to the market produce of the day and the creative talents of the chef.

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AMAN KYOTO

A profound sense of place

Aman Kyoto is a living tribute to the late master architect Kerry Hill, the visionary creator of all three of Aman’s Japanese destinations. True to the Aman aesthetic he helped define, very much inspired by Japanese notions of beauty, Aman Kyoto’s buildings have been designed with characteristic sensitivity to the surroundings, exhibiting a simplicity and elegance that enhances the natural beauty of the setting. Inside, bespoke pieces such as raku tile panels and tatami mats adorn walls and floors and, throughout, tokonoma alcoves showcase decorative objects and antiques crafted across the ages by the artists and artisans of Kyoto, Japan’s historic capital.
Ancient green gardens at Aman Kyoto

Passing wonders

Welcome to an ethereal landscape of Japanese maple trees, mature cedar, cypress, and camellia. The colours of Aman Kyoto’s garden shift with the seasons, marking time in changing shades of crimson, green and gold. The coming of the Kyoto spring is one of the most meditative periods of the year, bringing hanafubuki, the fluttering fall of cherry blossom, to the city. In Japanese culture, the beauty of this phenomenon lies in the impermanence it represents. This is uniquely captured by the term mono no aware, which describes a sensitivity to the poignance and pathos of knowing that the beauty of a thing must inevitably be lost.

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AMANEMU

The call of the homeland

Furusato is the Japanese word for ‘hometown’, but it is not so much a place as a feeling, laden with longing and nostalgia. In a sense, the Shima Peninsula is the furusato of omotenashi, as it is here, in what has been a destination for Japanese travellers, pilgrims and admirers of natural beauty for centuries, that the art of hospitality was born. The most revered of Japan’s Shinto shrines are found in this forest realm, and the sense of the sacred is almost palpable. But it is not just spiritual solace that has brought people to this place throughout the ages, the physical healing promised by the mineral-rich hot-spring onsen like those of Amanemu has been a powerful lure for those in search of rejuvenation and replenishment, body and soul.
Pearl harvesting at Ago Bay, Amanemu

A moment to be savoured

What mono no aware conveys for objects, ichi-go ichi-e expresses for time. Another concept that originates in the ancient tea ceremony, this Japanese Buddhism-linked sentiment recognises that any given moment will never happen again, and is all the more beautiful for it. In a fast-paced, blink-and-miss it world, ichi-go ichi-e is a reminder to slow down and appreciate each of life’s encounters since they only ever occur once – whether it’s a seafood lunch prepared by the pearl-diving ama of Ago Bay, morning prayers with the monks, or a sunset admired from the sunken lounge of ryokan-inspired retreat, Amanemu.

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