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Japan has a long history of noticing subtle seasonal changes and taking each as an opportunity for celebration. The appearance of cherry blossoms in early spring may be the most well-known example, but October’s tsukimi (moon-viewing) festival is also culturally significant.

In celebration of tsukimi, Palace Hotel Tokyo in the Marunouchi district is serving a seasonal “Moonrise” afternoon tea, created in collaboration with renowned shoe designer and artist Noritaka Tatehana, who rose to fame when he was commissioned by Lady Gaga to produce custom heel-less platform shoes. Tatehana’s work is held in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s permanent collection and shown at galleries around the world. Designing food, however, is new to him.

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