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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

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.

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