Japan is a country rich in natural resources symbolized by fresh ears of rice hanging low under the weight of their golden grains. Furthermore, Japan receives abundant seasonal bounties from the mountains and seas throughout the year.
The powerful combination of diverse, fresh ingredients and Kokoro (sensitivity) is the key to the development of Japanese food culture. "Plenus 'Kokoro' Academy" was established to comprehensively research the beauty of Japanese food culture. Understanding food as a comprehensive product of culture, "Plenus 'Kokoro' Academy" will continue to build upon the foundations of Japanese food culture throughout the world.
Japanese food culture has established a certain presence in the global culinary scene for its unique approach. Incorporating Chinese food culture in ancient times, Japanese people have honed their own beautiful culture for over a millennium by treating the natural bounty of all four seasons with particular sensibilities. In the Meiji period, "western" influence was introduced to the distinctive culture that formed during Japan's period of national isolation. "Plenus 'Kokoro' Academy" has its roots in a western food restaurant called "Yayoiken", which opened during a historical turning point of Japan's modernization; a time of significant transition in Japanese food culture.
The contemporary Japanese diet is a fusion of two cultures. A beautiful food culture that has been cultivated for over 1000 years with a fine and particular sensitivity, and a creative food culture that has always found a way to incorporate foreign foods. Our archive introduces the beauty of such Japanese food culture from a variety of perspectives.
Flooded with natural light during the day, the atrium is filled with a softly diffused light during twilight, like the light shining through a shoji screen, from the hidden luminescent lights arranged parallel along its length.
The tea room with nure-en (a comfortable wooden veranda on the side of a room with a garden view) is inspired by the Seirentei tea room at Toji-in Temple in Kyoto, established by Shogun Yoshimasa Ashikaga.