• The seasons come and go, and the scenery around us changes.
    As the days flow by and are gone, simply standing still every now and then can be enough to find new and stimulating encounters.

    Take a break and see what insights you might discover.
    Take a deep sip of tea.
    “Pause & Inspire”

    #12 Stay with Tea

    Since I’m here on holiday, I may as well relax fully.

    After all, what’s wrong with a little selfishness every now and then?

    Enshu Tsumugi-no-ma Japanese Room with Tearoom (KAI Enshu)
    Shirt ¥37,400; Trousers ¥39,600 (both from TOGA PULLA/TOGA Harajuku store, phone: 03-6419-8136)

    Tea is the perfect accompaniment when treating yourself.

    It provides the ideal partner to show you kindness even when you’re on your own.

    Drain your cup if you want. If you feel like more, just brew it again.

    Teapot (Saori Yamazaki); Yuzamashi cooling pot and teacups (Yutaro Yamada), all the personal property of the model Sencha, “Tenryucha” (KAI Enshu)

    I am told that this Shizuoka tea ryokan even incorporates tea in its open-air bath. I know that both hot springs and tea are famous for providing relaxation, but I can’t imagine how they go together.

    Wicker balls stuffed with tea leaves float on the water in the spacious tub.

    It’s like I am being brewed in a giant teacup. Now I understand.

    Feeling lustrous and radiant after my bath, I am greeted by a delicious meal upon returning to my room. One moment of bliss follows another.

    “New tea pairing course with Japanese kaiseki dinner” (KAI Enshu)
    Sheer top ¥39,600; Earrings ¥16,500 (both from TOGA PULLA/TOGA Harajuku store, phone: 03-6419-8136)

    It seems a waste to go to sleep early on such a day.

    There’s no law that says my relaxation can’t be a little splashy as well.

    Dress ¥75,900; Boots ¥97,900; Earrings ¥14,300 (all from TOGA PULLA/TOGA Harajuku store, phone: 03-6419-8136)
    New Tea Cocktail (Travel Library, KAI Enshu)

    The best way to say thank you may be to savor the moment.

    To be continued.

    Model: miu
    Direction & Styling: Tadashi Mochizuki
    Photography: Masayuki Shimizu
    Hair & Make-up: Nori
    Produce: Kenichi Kakuno & Hiroshi Inada
    Edit & Text: Yoshiki Tatezaki|Coordination: Emiko Izawa & Mika Kobayashi
    Location: KAI Enshu (Hamamatsu, Shizuoka)
    Special Thanks (for the teaware): Reika Morishige (hitofuki)

    KAI Enshu
    Photography for this feature was conducted on location at KAI Enshu, located at the Kanzanji Onsen hot springs resort in Hamamatsu, with the full cooperation of Hoshino Resorts, proprietors of the KAI Ryokan brand. All rooms overlook Lake Hamana at this relaxing hot spring ryokan, which is also renowned for its hospitality featuring Shizuoka’s own famous teas. Between May 15th and June 30th, a special “Shizuoka New Tea Plan” is available to celebrate the new tea season. This one-night, two-day package allows you to enjoy all the hospitality the ryokan has to offer, with opportunities to savor new tea every step of the way, from your arrival, to your room, to the hot springs, and of course, to dinner.
    *While this article describes some of the services available as part of the “Shizuoka New Tea Plan”, details are subject to change. Please refer to the official website for the latest information.
    KAI Enshu website
    ”Shizuoka New Tea Plan” website