ACE HOTEL LONDON x Kyoto – Cultural Programme

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Ace Hotel London commissioned us to create a series of Kyoto inspired cultural programmes to celebrate the opening of Ace Hotel Kyoto.

Sounds of Kyoto – We commissioned Bonjour Records, a multi-brand lifestyle retailer, to create 2 hours Kyoto-inspired playlist exclusively for Ace Hotel London to be played at their lobby for 2 weeks.

Kyoto Sake Tasting – In a collaboration with Natsuki Kikuya, the director of MUSEUM OF SAKE, we organised a sake tasting event to guide guests to the beauty of sake from Kyoto with an exclusive selection of five sakes from four different breweries. Alongside the tasting event, we designed and produced a booklet for the event to introduce Kyoto’s famed for its sake brewing history and culture.

Small Building of Kyoto – We organised the exhibition with a selection of images from ‘Small Buildings of Kyoto’, a publication that features a wide range of buildings in Kyoto at the lobby bar.


Sake tasting at Ace Hotel London with Natsuki Kikuya of Museum of Sake.

Small Buildings of Kyoto by John Einarsen.

Sounds of Kyoto by Shogo Misume of Bonjour Records x Ace Hotel London.


Bonjour Records is a leading multi-brand cultural and lifestyle retail, championing a discerning taste in sourcing the greatness of greats from all over the world whether it be music, fashion relevant in global and local cultural contexts. It is a platform and place whereby the curious and the open-minded merges.

MUSEUM OF SAKE is an intangible museum, founded by Natsuki Kikuya. It provides education and promotion of the craft of sake, connecting Japan to the UK and Europe through a range of special events and courses for the wider public and food industry.

Small Buildings of Kyoto is a photography book by John Einarsen, the founder of Kyoto Journal. It features 100 images of the quaint homes, businesses, workshops, as well as the occasional neighbourhood shrine and teahouse, that make up the fabric of Japan’s ancient capital.