Guests take in a tea ceremony at opening day of Shirokiya's Meika Plaza.
On the heels of Shirokiya's Yataimura opening last month comes Meika Plaza, another of its innovations anticipating the store's 350th anniversary next year.
Festivities began at 9:30 a.m. July 24, when shoppers poured in to check out the plaza's 30 confectionary booths, with a trellised seating area to accommodate those enjoying mochi, sweets and beverages from the vendors, including Yoku Moku, Saint Germain, Ginza Kikunoya, Tokyo Fugetsudo, and more.
Appealing to Hawaii's sweet tooth will likely make it an instant hit.
There were samplings, demonstrations in the making of Tokyo Marunouchi rolls and Ginza Petit Custa mini filled doughnuts, and highlighting the day were tea ceremonies presented by the Urasenke Foundation, slated throughout the day.
Tea ceremonies will continue to be featured at least one Sunday a month.
Meika Plaza is in Shirokiya, on the mall level.