GUESTS of The Peninsula Tokyo can now extend and enhance their stay with a range of new Peninsula Academy experiences, from a tour of the 1857-founded Izumibashi Shuzo sake brewery in Ebina, a rice-producing area in Kanagawa Prefecture, about 60km from Tokyo, to learning the intricacies of kimono-wearing. Particularly appealing is the paper art, or washi, demonstration in the old capital of Kyoto with Eriko Horiki, an artist who works with paper tapestries and light displays. Participants visit Horiki’s atelier, followed by lunch at Manshige, a classic restaurant that serves regional
cuisine and displays her washi designs. For the kimono-dressing lesson, Peninsula guests select a piece from a collection by renowned designer Hatsuko Endo and are shown how the garment should be worn. There are also experiences for juniors, such as expert tuition in origami and the making of glass wind chimes (pictured). More: peninsula.com.