With Japan’s borders now fully open again, My Taiken, a bespoke travel specialist, announces the launch of their new cultural concierge service for luxury travel designers planning trips to Japan for their clients. Founded by Sebastien Moncus in 2017 and based in central Tokyo, My Taiken works directly with partners from across the travel industry to design private personalized experiences of traditional Japanese art forms. Cultural Concierge Service for Travelers to Japan
With their deep connections and links to Japanese cultural institutions and practitioners, My Taiken puts unforgettable cultural experiences within reach for today’s most discerning guests.
Founder Sebastien Moncus is originally from Brittany in France but has spent the last 10 years living in Japan. He launched My Taiken with his brother-in-law, the 20th Grand Master of one of Japan’s five Noh families. Noh theater, originating in the 14th century, is one of Japan’s most renowned classical art forms combining music, dance and drama. As the only foreigner in Japan to be part of the Noh family dynasty, Sebastien created My Taiken to give guests the opportunity to experience Japanese culture in the way he does.
“Japan is home to exquisite and refined cultural art forms passed down and preserved over generations. Many of these still form an important part of Japan’s culture today. But until now, these art forms have been hard for travelers to experience. So I’m thrilled to welcome guests to Japan again, and to design experiences for them that they’ll remember for decades to come.”
Cultural Differences to Be Aware of When Traveling to Japan
Japan is a unique and fascinating destination that offers a rich blend of ancient traditions and modern innovations. As a visitor, it’s important to be aware of some key cultural differences to ensure that you have an enjoyable and respectful experience. For example, Japan has a strong sense of collective harmony and social hierarchy, which can be seen in the way people interact with each other. It’s important to be mindful of the customs of bowing, removing shoes before entering certain spaces, and using polite language, as these gestures are a sign of respect.
Another important difference to note is that Japan has a distinct food culture that may be different from what you’re used to in the West. Japanese cuisine is known for its fresh and seasonal ingredients, delicate flavors, and artful presentation. However, some dishes may be unfamiliar or even intimidating to Western palates, such as raw seafood, fermented soybeans, and various types of offal. It’s worth trying new foods and stepping outside of your comfort zone, but also important to be aware of any dietary restrictions or allergies you may have and communicate them clearly to restaurant staff.
Tips for Getting Around Japan’s Public Transportation System
In addition, Japan has a strong public transportation system that is safe, efficient, and convenient for travelers. However, it can be complex to navigate if you’re not familiar with the language or the various systems in place. It’s a good idea to research and plan your routes ahead of time, or consider hiring a guide or using a travel service to help you get around. Finally, it’s important to be aware of local customs and etiquette when using public transportation, such as keeping your voice down and not eating or drinking on trains. By being respectful and mindful of these cultural differences, you can have a wonderful and rewarding experience traveling to Japan.
Sebastien Moncus, Founder, My Taiken Cultural Concierge Service for Travelers to Japan
Beyond rare opportunities to experience Noh behind the scenes, My Taiken can design bespoke experiences with renowned experts across a huge range of traditional Japanese art forms – from Ikebana flower arranging to tea ceremonies, calligraphy experiences and much more. With their bespoke approach, My Taiken aims to not only give their guests a deeper appreciation of the true complexity of Japanese culture but to support and sustain traditional art forms for future generations. For more information on My Taiken services, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
My Taiken: Cultural Concierge Service for Travelers to Japan
My Taiken is an independent travel consultant offering services across Japan. Founded in 2017, My Taiken is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and offers white-label bespoke cultural experiences guided by founder Sebastien Moncus and certified local instructors for global travel agents, destination management companies and travel designers.
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