In Japan, art has many faces, not only referring to the traditional fine arts but a range of skills, techniques and rituals that form a part of everyday life. From confectionary (wagashi) to pottery, Japan’s highly regarded arts are not only considered for their aesthetic beauty, but the impact they have on mind, body and soul.
Whether experiencing the mindfulness of the tea ceremony or the gently meditative process of floral arrangement, Aman Tokyo’s progressive art experiences offer exclusive and impactful experiences in Japan’s arts – traditional and contemporary.
In an effort to protect the subtleties of ancient Japanese arts, guests of Aman Tokyo have the opportunity to visit several long-standing Tokyo craftsmen. Based in Nihonbashi, an area dotted with historic establishments, exclusive experiences include visits to Chikusen, a historic store specialising in hand-dyed yukata kimonos; Ibasen, a producer of stylish uchiwa folding fans; Oonoya Sohonten, a traditional Japanese footwear store selling unique Shintomi-style Tabi shoes, and Uchida Hyogu ten, a small store where artisans can be observed working on kakejiku (hanging scrolls), shoji screens tailored from cloth and paper, as well as intricate wall coverings.
Often inaccessible the public, in each location Aman Tokyo invites guests to take part in half or full-day courses, trying their hand at ancient construction techniques passed down by generations. In some locations, guests can also create their own bespoke pieces to take home, learning about the history of Japanese manufacturing and the artisan culture of the Edo period along the way.