New Year’s Day is an important event in the life of a Japanese person. Many of them hold feasts and visit shrines to pray and receive blessings in the coming year. In line with this, the Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto will be holding a grand gala dinner and a countdown party on December 31, 2017. It will allow guests to have a beautiful New Year experience complete with a stunning dinner inspired by “The Tale of Genji” and dance performances as well as live music.
“The Tale of Genji” is a classic Japanese novel by Murasaki Shikibu. It focuses on the life of Genji, the son of ancient Japanese Emperor Kiritsubo. Since the passing of his mother, Genji’s life started falling apart. His lack of backup in the court removed him from the line of succession. He was made into a commoner and became a member of the non-royal Genji clan. He was known by another name, Minamoto, and pursued a career as an imperial officer.
A huge part of the tale concentrates on Genji’s romantic life. He was involved with different women and different love affairs. Later on, he returned to the capital and settles with Murasaki and several other ladies. When Genji turned 40 years old, his life started declining. He married another wife, the Third Princess, which changed his relationship with his beloved Murasaki who became a Buddhist nun. The ending is quite abrupt with Genji wondering how life can be so fleeting.
The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto is known for holding many events. On December 31, 2017, they will be offering a New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner inspired by “The Tale of Genji.” Since the tale occurred during the Heian period, dishes will be patterned according to the elements and changing seasons of the olden days. Dinner will also be accompanied by a live performance about the tale.
Aside from those, there will also be activities which guests can participate in. There will be a toshikoshi soba (year-crossing noodles) eating event at exactly 10:30 PM. It is a custom followed by the Japanese in order to let go of the hardships in the previous year.
The Countdown Party will open at Ballroom TAKANE at 11:30 PM. Of course, there will be live music which will be headed by DJ Masato Ogawa. He will also be leading the New Year countdown.
Visiting guests will have to pay 42,000 yen for the Gala Dinner and 15,000 yen for the Countdown Party. Staying guests will only have to pay 40,000 yen and 12,000 yen, respectively. For reservations, you may call (+81)-075-746-5519.
If you’re interested in attending this elegant event, make sure to come in proper attire (black tie, evening dress, etc.). If you’re a staying guest at the Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, you’ll also be greeted with an “osechi” breakfast on January 1, 2018 – a nice way to start a new chapter in your life.