Palace Hotel Tokyo Teams Up with Sake Brewer Hakkaisan for Fermentation-Themed Collaboration
The three-layered “Hakkaisan Afternoon Tea” is served with a glass of champagne or “Ichi no Ichi no Ichi” junmai ginjo sake
Since its inclusion on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list, Japanese cuisine has continued to grow in popularity worldwide. Now, the Palace Hotel Tokyo, long known for its unique combination of traditional cooking and adventurous new flavors, has formed a collaboration with sake brewery Hakkai Jozo, also known as “Hakkaisan,” to share another aspect of Japan’s foodways with the world: Fermentation.
Until November 30, the Palace Hotel Tokyo will be serving afternoon tea, cocktails, bread, and other limited-edition products made using koji (malted rice) and sake lees from the Niigata-brewed sake Hakkaisan. The hotel’s own house sake, Ichi no Ichi no Ichi, is made by Hakkai Jozo as well—the creative spark for this new project. The hotel has also developed special accommodation packages to allow visitors to savor the sake and related products at their leisure.
Left: “Usu Koyo” (Thin Autumn Foliage). Right: “Tsumugi” (Spun Silk).
Hakkaisan is made with the delicious rice and pure water of Niigata Prefecture, combined using traditional fermentation techniques. Not only can it be enjoyed alongside Japanese food, it can also be used in cooking, and its koji and lees are ideal for drinks and sweets. For this collaboration, a three-layered afternoon tea set is available in the hotel lobby’s Palace Lounge. There are also two cocktails available in the lounge as well as the Royal Bar made using the Palace Hotel Tokyo’s original sake, Ichi no Ichi no Ichi, and in the pastry shop Sweets & Deli there are three types of bread, including pan de campagne made with sake lees miso.
Left: Sake Lees Miso Pan de Campagne. Top: Sake Lees Matcha Muffin. Bottom: Sake Lees Miso Pan de Campagne
The “Moon Over Tokyo” accommodation plan, which lets visitors enjoy both the Hakkaisan Afternoon Tea and the harvest moon, is particularly recommended to visitors curious about what these two tireless promoters of Japanese cuisine have developed together.
◆ Palace Hotel Tokyo “Hakkaisan Collaboration Limited-Time Sale”
Dates: September 1 to November 30, 2018
Hakkaisan Afternoon Tea: Available in the Palace Lounge
Hakkaisan Cocktails: Available in the Royal Bar and the Palace Lounge
Hakkaisan Bread: Available in the pastry shop, Sweets & Deli
Hakkaisan Accommodation Plan: Moon Over Tokyo (limited to two parties per day)