HOSHINOYA Fuji: Escape Technology & Learn About Mount Fuji Teachings in Aokigahara

24.January.2018 | SPOT

Japan’s first luxury glamping resort HOSHINOYA Fuji is holding an overnight experience-based program titled “Tamashii Kiyomeru Datsu Digital Taizai” between April 1st and June 30th. Guests will stay for 3 days and 2 nights on this program.

 

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The “Digital Taizai” series that HOSHINOYA offers allows guests to get away from their everyday electronics such as smart phones and computers – something which we have become dependent on – and revitalize and refresh their mind, body and soul. The next entry to the series at HOSHINOYA Fuji offers an original program that incorporates the teachings of Fujisan Shinkou, or religious faith in Mount Fuji. People today live in a stressful digital age, so to combat that, this plan enables people to stay at the base of Mount Fuji to restore their mind and body and give them the energy to pursue the chase of tomorrow.

 

The Teachings of ‘Rokkon Shoujo’ & De-Digitalizing at HOSHINOYA Fuji
The program is centered around the teachings of rokkon shoujo preached by mountain ascetics of Mount Fuji. Rokkon describes our five base senses – sight, sound smell, taste, touch – plus a sixth sense of mind or consciousness. According to the teachings, each of these are exposed to bad influence and dirt, so the practice of rokkon shoujo aims to cleanse and purify them.

 

The program helps people living in the city ease their stresses and worries by combining an overnight stay surrounded by nature with rokkon shoujo.

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Since last year, the staff at HOSHINOYA Fuji have enhanced the experience even more since last year; you will now be able to deepen your knowledge of rokkon shoujo by hearing talks from actual mountain ascetics of Mount Fuji.

The main portion of the program is made up of trekking and meditation which will take place in the Aokigahara forest northwest of Mount Fuji. The land that the forest sits on was born from the Jōgan eruption of Mount Fuji back in 864. Vegetation made a revival across the expanse in 1100.

 

Generally, Aokigahara, also known as the “Sea of Trees,” is often labelled a dark and dangerous place, but the forest in fact has a promenade that stretches through unrivalled, rich vegetation and a lush green environment. HOSHINOYA Fuji aims to eliminate the dark image of the forest by exploring its mysterious expanse.

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Concentrating on the flavours of ingredients in a specially prepared meal

Once the trek has been completed, guests will return to HOSHINOYA Fuji and enjoy a relaxing meal. So that you can focus on the flavours the ingredients hold, the resort will prepare a very special and simply made breakfast using only seasonal vegetables and rice.

 

You will taste springtime vegetables and edible wild plants raw or steamed one by one with just a little salt. The rice is made with the gentle mountain water cooked for you personally there and then. The seasoning is extremely simple, but your senses will have been sharpened by the trek back in the Sea of Trees, so you should be able to enjoy the complex flavours and smells of the ingredients.

 

Your Sea of Trees tour guide is an expert on Mount Fuji

The guide that will take you through the sea of trees is an expert on Mount Fuji, having climbed to the top of the mountain over 600 times. As well as guiding you on the trekking tour, they are also versed in the teachings of rokko shoujo and the history of Mount Fuji ascetics so can teach you everything there is to know.

Escape from your electronics and experience an extraordinary event at HOSHINOYA Fuji.

 

Information
Tamashii Kiyomeru Datsu Digital Taizai

Running: April 1, 2018 – June 30, 2018
Price: ¥30,000 per person (+separate tax & 10% service charge / hotel fee is separate)
Event Page: https://hoshinoya.com/fuji/experience/datsudigital/

*In case of bad weather, the contents of the event are subject to alterations and cancellation.

HOSHINOYA Fuji
Address: 1408 Oishi, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture [40 Guest Rooms]
Website: https://hoshinoya.com/fuji/

HOSHINO Resort: http://www.hoshinoresort.com/

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    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    The Hello Kitty Room has been made even more kawaii than before.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

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    Carefully selected fruit has been used to make this new, premium signature cake. The pastry team consists of worldwide western confectionary competition winners. The team has developed a lineup of world class desserts for the Fiorentina Pastry Boutique. Specially selected branded fruits and rich, flavourful Jersey milk whipped cream are used to make these premium cakes.

     

    This summer menu features three cakes made from the three major summer fruits; peach, mango and melon. A three-layered spongecake contains a centre of Jersey milk Crème brûlée and fruits. The luxurious taste of these specially-selected ingredients is enough to surprise you.

    Lychee, Watermelon, Rose and Berry Verrine: ¥800 (before tax)

    The fun texture of the watermelon combined with the soft rose mousse is an excellent contrast with the lychee and raspberry jelly. The luxurious rose fragrance will spread all the way through your mouth on your first bite.


    Blueberry and Lavender Verrine: ¥800 (before tax)

    Colourful jelly is sprinkled with vibrant blue Butterfly-pea flowers. This rests on a bed of lavender-scented panna cotta. These flavours and colours compliment the blueberries perfectly. This refreshing verrine sprinkled with beautiful and delicious edible flowers is truly irresistible. 

    Mango Verrine: ¥800 (before tax) 

    A coconut blancmange verrine is topped with Fiorentina’s popular mango pudding and fresh mango for a southern country vibe. The verrine is garnished with a drizzle of passion fruit sauce and seeds to accent the flavour. 

    Muscat Verrine: ¥800

    Iced wine jelly is set over blancmange and shine muscat, creating a sophisticated verrine dessert. Enjoy the delicious thin layer of crunchy candy that has been carefully shaped to top the verrine.


    Dragon Fruit Verrine: ¥800 (before tax)

    A layer of fresh and fruity orange and grapefruit jelly rests on top of the Dragon Fruit and orange mousse. The balance of sweetness and sourness makes for a rare yet harmonious verrine.

    Summer Icing Biscuits Assortment (size: 10cm): ¥850, box of 4: ¥1,200 (before tax )

    From the baking to the decorating, each of these cookies are fully handmade and decorated. These are a popular choice of souvenir. Now, a summer edition series has been released. The assortment shown above is just one example from the series.

     

     Chinaroom (6th floor)

    Chinaroom serves Chinese regional dishes, an authentic Yum Cha tea service and Chinese steamed cakes that are made with a generous amount of egg. They are now serving a brand new Chinese parfait that is made with a wide range of ingredients.

    Chinaroom Chinese Parfait: ¥1,800 (before tax )

    Using a coconut husk as a bowl, mango pudding and steamed Chinese cake is served with fresh mango, coconut ice cream, fresh cream, raspberries and mint. Enjoy the refreshing sweetness of the coconut ice cream and the rich mango pudding. The fluffy steamed pudding adds a gentle touch of texture so irresistible you will not be able to stop taking big mouthfuls. The sweetness is not too overpowering.

     

    Sprinkled around the coconut bowl is roughly smashed pieces of coconut and peanuts. This adds an exciting texture and aftertaste to your dessert experience. This dessert is the perfect way to cool your tastebuds after eating some hot and spicy noodles. ※ It is not possible to order just the dessert only.  

     

    Maduro, (4th floor Jazz Lounge)

    Maduro is the perfect place for adults to relax with friends. This chic jazz lounge is a place where you can enjoy cocktails made with premium seasonal fruits throughout the year. Sweet, ripe mangos, peaches that you can enjoy down to the skin, and a wide range of fruits are used to make frozen cocktails, martinis and much more. Come enjoy a Maduro-style cocktail! 

    Mango Frozen Champagne (left): ¥2,500, Mango Daiquiri: ¥2,300 (centre ), Mango Mojito: ¥2,300  (right), all prices before tax  

    The mango daiquiri rum-based cocktail is made with ripe mangos sourced from Miyazaki Prefecture. The mangoes are puréed and used plentifully so that the real sweetness can be tasted. Combined with the sweetness of the rum, the flavour is strengthened.

     

    The mango frozen champagne also uses ripe mangos sourced from Miyazaki prefecture. Champagne is poured over the carbonated ice to create this cocktail, creating a pleasant bubbly texture with a fruity aftertaste.

     

     The mango mojito is a mango version of Maduro’s signature cocktail mojito. Miyazaki prefecture mangos were used to make this mojito. Lots of mint is added for a touch of freshness. The sweetness of the mango will spread through your mouth. This is the perfect summer cocktail.

     

    Come try Grand Hyatt’s exquisite range of refreshing cocktails and desserts this summer.

  • Little Twin Stars Themed Hotel Room Opens at Keio Plaza Hotel Tama

    27.June.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Two new guest rooms opened at Keio Plaza Hotel Tama on June 15 themed on the Sanrio characters My Melody and the Little Twin Stars (Kiki & Lala).

     

    This year’s Sanrio Character Awards were held earlier this month. Both My Melody and the Little Twin Stars proved their popularity with fans as they came in 4th and 6th place respectively. With that in mind, what does Keio Plaza Hotel Tama have in store for fans of the characters in their new guest rooms? I’m here to let you in on the full scoop.

    Keio Plaza Hotel is about a 30-minute train ride from Shinjuku and a 3-minute walk from Keio-Tama-Center Station. It’s also close to the city of Chofu where the Rugby World Cup will be held this fall as well as located in West Tokyo, an area enjoyed by foreign tourists.

     

    There are two of each rooms available and they will be permanent rooms at the hotel. The hotel already has four Hello Kitty Rooms which were introduced in November 2014 and renovated with the opening of the new My Melody and Little Twin Stars Rooms, making for a total of eight Sanrio character rooms at the hotel. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the Little Twin Stars Room.

     

    For the My Melody Room, click here here: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/225795

     

    Little Twin Stars Room

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    The door to the Little Twin Stars Room bears a cute ☆ above the room number.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    Stepping into the magical room you will see Kiki and Lala on the wall riding a unicorn and making their way to the amusement park in the clouds. Floating around the entire room are pink stars and white, fluffy clouds.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    The star-shaped cushions are inspired by the star on the back of Kiki. Guests can fall into a magical dream together with Kiki and Lala who are sleeping with their unicorn atop a cloud on the foot throw at the bottom of the bed.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    The curtains in all of the rooms are blackout curtains so you can have a peaceful, undisturbed sleep until morning.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    When you flip on this floor lamp at nighttime you’ll be greeted by an illuminated illustration of Kiki and Lala.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    The hotel has left no part of this fairy tale-like room untouched, with its pink bath tub and drawing of the Little Twin Stars on bathroom mirror too.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    And don’t forget the Little Twin Stars Room amenities either, exclusive to guests. The plush toys are branded with an original Sanrio Character Room logo.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    The designs of the toothbrushes are different in each room.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    Even the cup coasters that come with the room feature original desgins exclusive to Keio Plaza Hotel Tama.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    The adorable door signs feature Kiki and Lala sleepy for guests to not be disturbed and energetic for the room to be cleaned.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    Be sure to snap photo of the framed cute Kiki and Lala picture too before you leave.

     

    The Little Twin Stars Room was a world full of pink dreams.  It’s sure to be popular with children♡

     

    Next time we will look at the renovated Hello Kitty Room, so stay tuned!

     

    Writer: Ellie (MMN Editorial Team)

    Photographer: Kayo Sekiguchi

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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