View at Higashiyama Niseko, a Ritz-Carlton reserve in Japan!

Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve:
Seasonal self-discovery


Here’s some good news – there’s a gorgeous new hotel opening in Japan. When it throws its doors open, the Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve will offer an elemental and seasonal experience, inspired by the ancient Japanese philosophy Kachou Fuugetsu.

Any news coming from the Ritz-Carlton in Japan excites us. We’ve stayed a number of times at the outstanding Kyoto property, so we truly understand how the brand applies contemporary sophistication to classic, Japanese hospitality.

But rumour has there is an even more elevated experience at the new Higashiyama Niseko property – literally – as the hotel is located at the base of the majestic Mount Niseko Annupuri of the much-talked-about luxury ski destination. But there are other reasons too, predominantly in their practice of Kachou Fuugetsu. Translating literally to “Flower, Bird, Wind, Moon”, Kachou Fuugetsu represents embracing the beauty of each changing season and the transient attractiveness of nature. It is said that the philosophy of appreciating these differences in nature is the start to a journey of self-discovery.

When the time comes, guests at this boutique 50-room resort can enjoy curated all-season mountain experiences, immersive activities, sensory journeys and inventive gastronomy, food and beverage; not to mention restorative wellness, all inspired by the ever-changing beauty of nature.

We reflect on this philosophy of the changing seasons at home. Dependent on where you are in the world, this period of time (and your mood) may be dictated by the season. In Japan, they believe that
each season has characteristics that are deeply rooted in our lifestyles, extending beyond what we see around us and what we eat, to include culture and mindfulness.

The lessons we learn from Kachou Fuugetsu are aplenty, but we like these five remarkably simple tips that we can easily apply to our lives at present.

  1. Appreciate the soul of nature, whatever is around us – urban or rural.
  2. Look for colour and beauty, even in the darkest of times. The Arts, music and literature can lift the mood – search out culture from an opposing season – upbeat if its dark, relaxing if you’re stressed, energetic if its cold.
  3. Heartfelt human connections are super important – even if you’re socially distanced. Just because you’re on your own, don’t forget to reach out by whatever means possible, as often as possible, to friends and family.
  4. Drink water. Lots of it – the fresher the better. Eat fresh seasonal foods.
  5. Engage in moments of wellness and secure it in your routine, each and every day – however you choose. Take time out, meditate, exercise. Improve your state of mind, body and soul, whenever possible.

Photography courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company

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