Setouchi Cultural Cuisine
The dining table has long been a symbol of culture and heritage, reflecting the unique gastronomic traditions of the region.
Taste all that the season has to offer with locally-sourced ingredients combined with expert culinary craftsmanship.
This exclusive opportunity will take you on a journey through the world-renowned gastronomical delights of washoku, a recognized Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Experience Japanese culture
Traditional Techniques and Seasonal Delights
From preparation to finishing touches, our veteran chef will share with you firsthand 40 years of in-depth knowledge and experience. Using only the finest ingredients, tailored to suit your unique preferences, join us for an evening of culinary magic in a fully-equipped, professional-grade kitchen. Learn the cultural significance and complexities of each dish from a master of the craft through our well-versed interpreters, available in a variety of languages.
Dining by Design
This completely private culinary experience showcases the colorful and diverse world of Japanese cuisine from well-known dishes such as sushi, sashimi, and tempura, to lesser known dishes exclusive to the Setouchi region. Tailor-made menus to suit your taste preferences and chauffeur services are just the beginning; the only limit is your imagination. Let us create an unforgettable evening of hands-on learning and five-star fine dining.
* interpreter guide will be charged option. For details, please check the link destination reservation page.
Elegance and Poise
■ The Art of Japanese Table Manners
Japanese table manners are an elegant art form which go far beyond the proper way to use chopsticks: everything from appreciating traditional Japanese pottery plates to the way in which you eat is part of intricate dance centered on expressing gratitude for the meal through movements. Learn the cultural background and meaning behind each mannerism and experience a higher form of Japanese dining culture.
The Complex World of Washoku
■ UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage
Recognized globally as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2013, Japanese cuisine is not only known for its appreciation of aesthetics and health benefits; it is also known for its use of indigenous and seasonally appropriate ingredients, grown in the varying climates and regions of Japan, and for bringing out the rich and subtle flavors they hold. This dedication to local food culture and the seasons dates back to the tradition of sadō, the art of Japanese tea ceremony. Expression of the seasons through ingredients and presentation is at the heart of sadō, and that expression continues today through modern and traditional Japanese cuisine.
■ Kiki-zake: Japanese Sake Tasting
Japanese sake is like wine: steeped in the traditions and history of the region, the rice slowly ferments over the course of time, creating a unique flavor profile that cannot be replicated anywhere else. Blessed with clear, deep waters and rich soil for harvesting rice, Hiroshima is one of the leading producers of sake in Japan, home to award winning breweries which craft an artisanal array of sake to please any aficionado.
* This plan is available at an additional charge. For more details, click the link for our Reservations page.