Arai’s philosophy is based on the spirit of Japanese tea ceremonies, which take every encounter to be a unique, once-in-a-lifetime occasion for each of their participants. To honour such occasions, one should put one’s whole heart into the experience.
Regardless of whether the encounter is limited to this dinner – the host places a tremendous amount of thought into not just creating the meal but also the dining space. During the meal the guest and host respect one another and appreciate their presence. A cordial interaction between the host and the guests takes place in an amicable atmosphere, where everyone feels comfortable.
In such a setting, boundaries between the host and the guests become blurred while personal backgrounds, positions, and areas of expertise become less important. What becomes important is the sense of connection and respect for this moment of togetherness. A moment that one should enjoy, just like a Japanese tea ceremony, as a rare occasion in a perfectly curated space. Arai only lives up to its philosophy when time and space are united with the heart.