Wrangling with a corporate shell, as the Millennium Tower provides, isn’t easy, but shoji-inspired transoms help divide space while setting the mood. In a grand room such as this, it’s best to illuminate the art, rather than the diners. Here, ambient light is pleasingly low, focusing attention on the food, and on the traditional crane mural, elegantly finished in gold leaf.
A flurry of paper lantern–like fixtures hanging in a joyous pattern mimicks Obon, the wondrous Japanese lantern festival. The fixtures are reflected in the large adjacent mirror to great effect.
Private booths offer not only intimacy, but also an opportunity to showcase a lovely cherry blossom mural handpainted on a rustic wood plank surface, the perfect embodiment of wabi-sabi.
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