A word from our guests...
“Having TOKI for me was like having the keys to the secret doors. Behind the doors, that I was fortunate to walk through, was always something unique and inspiring. I was introduced to the art of Ikebana by a phenomenal teacher. Her own creations I always found original, delicate and exquisitely beautiful, as if they were a reflection of herself. By learning about ikebana, I discovered a new kind of appreciation for nature and surrounding objects, which brought me a sense of harmony. I was also fortunate to have a lesson from one of the great calligraphy artists. Besides the fascinating visual aspect of it, he reminded me of something very important, the key to anything we choose to do, would it be calligraphy or something else: that it should come from our heart. I will never forget the remarkable wagashi artist, that I was fortunate to have a lesson from. He would receive a special request, beautifully handwritten by a tea master on a long scroll. And then, he would read old books of Noh to find his inspirations for the new creations. And then, of course, the experience that combined everything mentioned above and so much more: the tea ceremony. Located in the middle of busy Tokyo, the historical teahouse surrounded by a breathtaking garden, felt like a complete escape: peaceful, harmonious and refined. Our wonderful tea master was the most gracious, cheerful and elegant host. I was astonished by how much consideration there was in every single detail and how many cultural elements the ceremony combined. It was fascinating to learn about, and no wonder it takes people a lifetime to be able to understand and connect all the details and truly appreciate the whole process. For me this was only a start. And I am extremely grateful to Yuko and Romy from TOKI for teaching me so much about it! And I would like to say a special thank you to my wonderful curator Romy, who really made all these (and many more!) experiences possible for me. She carefully planned my entire itinerary to such detail, that I never had to worry about a thing, and she showed me Japanese hospitality at its best. I cannot thank you enough!"
Karyna Shuliak - Guest from The United States
OUR GUEST PARTICIPATED IN
IKEBANA (JAPANESE FLOWER ARRANGEMENT) EXPERIENCE - coming soon
JAPANESE CALLIGRAPHY EXPERIENCE - coming soon
- Specially curated itinerary focusing on Japanese philosophy and aesthetics, omotenashi (hospitality), presentation, attention to detail, and inspiring creativity throughout all aspects of life.