Thursday, November 12, 2009

Japan - River Retreat Garaku

The first gastronomic highlight of our contemporary ceramics tour came at a fantastic ultra-modern hotel/spa called River Retreat Garaku, located near Toyama, about an hour from Kanazawa. The hotel, which also contains a spa, is owned by a serious collector of contemporary Japanese ceramics, and is filled with wonderful major pieces, in common spaces and in private gardens for the spacious, well-furnished suites.

Two Garaku Hotel Suites with Private Ceramic Gardens

We ate a wonderful kaiseki lunch in a room with an entire wall covered by ceramic plaques by Ogawa Machiko, one of Japan's most celebrated woman ceramic artists, whose works are on view in museums throughout the world.


Ogawa Machiko Room
The delicious food was beautifully presented: seasonal arrangements and ingredients in unusually beautiful plates and vessels.

Kaiseki Meal with Seasonal Foods and Presentations
This is a virtually unknown hotel, off the beaten track, but it is well worth a visit!

Bobby Jay

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