The interior of Shinji by Kanesaka imbues the same classical simplicity that characterizes the chef’s pristine technique as well as his stalwart hospitality. Like the original Ginza Sushi Kanesaka, Shinji by Kanesaka was also designed by Junzo Irikado. Organic materials like wood and paper are flown in from Japan and provide for the restaurant’s furnishing and fixtures.
One highlight is the restaurant’s main sushi counter singularly carved from the trunk of a 220-year-old Japanese cypress or hinoki tree. With its subtle scent and rich grain, hinoki timber is highly revered in much of traditional Japanese architecture. At Shinji by Kanesaka, it sets the stage for Master Chef Oshino and his team to demonstrate an artistry that dates back thousands of years.
The restaurant’s unembellished décor belies the immaculate craftsmanship of the Daiei Company whose portfolio of clients includes the prominent Grand Shrine of Ise in Southwest Japan.
From the noren curtains that frame the entrance to the beautifully hand-woven ceiling of the restaurant’s Kiku Room, the attention to detail is ubiquitous and soothing.
Ultimately, the atmosphere is one of exquisite, understated elegance that makes for a dignified yet intimate dining experience.