Celebrating New Year’s Day at the Kitano Hotel

On February 6, 2013, by Timothy Sullivan

The Kitano Hotel and the Hakubai Japanese Restaurant inside had a special event on New Year’s Day featuring Hakkaisan Sake.

Hakubai Osechi

Hakubai Osechi

At Hakubai, the chefs prepared the elaborate Japanese meal known as “Osechi” which is well known in Japan as the traditional meal for the New Year’s season. Made up of many types of food, there are some common types you see ever year. These include Kuromame (large black soybeans), Kamaboko (slices of red or white fish cake) and Konbu (kelp seaweed). Sometimes eaten out of large bento boxes at home, Hakubai served its elaborate spread using some of their most beautiful dishes and bowls.

The Kitano welcomes guests on New Year's Day with Hakkaisan Sake

The Kitano welcomes guests with Hakkaisan Sake

In the lobby, The Kitano had a beautiful display featuring an authentic Hakkaisan Taru (sake barrel) and kitano Masu (boxes for drinking sake). As a welcome drink for everyone arriving to the hotel or to enjoy their osechi meal, Hakkaisan Junmai Ginjo was being served. Everyone enjoyed some sips of this delicious sake to welcome in the new year.

Many guests of the Kitano had a great chance to try Hakkaisan Junmai Ginjo. The taste is really clean, crisp and clear – a perfect way to start off the new year right.

The Kitano and Hakubai always have a special osechi meal for New Year’s. If you didn’t make it this year, book early for next year. Drinking Hakkaisan with osechi – that is a New Year’s resolution we can all get behind!


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