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Ancient Folklore in Kyoto –Four Divinities

Ancient Folklore in Kyoto –Four DivinitiesIn Japan (and Far East Asia), we believe that if there are the four symbols of god in cardinal directions in a capital, that brings the city more prosperity.
Therefore, those four gods were placed in the city –the black turtle of the north, the azure dragon of the east, the white tiger of the west, and the peacock of the south –to be our guardian deities when the capital was moved from Nara to Kyoto back in 794.

Because Hotel Seiki Kyoto Station is situated in the southern part of Kyoto City, we asked the painter Hideki Kimura to do paintings of something representing south Kyoto, wishing them to become our guardian deities with the hope of success in business and ever-growing prosperity, and they are the peacocks!

Kyoto Minami Police Station, which is also situated in the south, has the peacock paintings by Mr. Kimura, which have been their guardian deity as well. We say suzaku (vermilion bird) and kujaku (peacock) in Japanese and it’s also interesting that they sound so similar in pronunciation.

Please take a look at the little souvenirs produced by Hideki Kimura that are sold at the front desk. There are goods with peacock motifs, so please don’t miss them!

BAR

Beer Menu

Ninja Beer

Contains a nice and subtle sweetness from the brewers'rice 'Ukon Nishiki' and wild rice 'Iga Black Rice'. The color of the beer is as dark as ninjas, for it contains blackrice. However, its taste is not as bold as its appearance, being light and sleek as a ninja’s moves, with a hint of smokiness like a ninja smoke screen.

  • Beer Style: DarkLager
  • Alcohol Content: 5%
  • Bitterness Units: 19
Ninja Beer

Rising Sun Pale Ale

This hoppy, brisk and refreshing Pale Ale is indescribably complex, but holds tenaciously to Japan's prime aesthetic value –balance. It is a perfect beer for drinking now, later, tomorrow, the next day, every day.

  • Beer Style: Pale Ale
  • Alcohol Content: 5.5%
  • Bitterness Units: 45
Rising Sun Pale Ale

Wabi-Sabi Japan Pale Ale

Wabi-Sabi is a uniquely Japanese and hybrid version of the craft beer world’s two most popular styles: Pale Ale and IPA.
Local Japanese wasabi and green tea are combined deftly with several varieties of herbal-character hops. The flavor is bold, yet underpinned by a ‘quiet simplicity and subdued refinement.’

  • Beer Style: Between IPA and PA
  • Alcohol Content: 6%
  • Bitterness Units: 45
Wabi-Sabi Japan Pale Ale

Sake Menu

Enjoy sake with your favorite ochoko cup!

TAMANOHIKARIJunmai Ginjo Shukon

Refreshing, balanced taste from the natural tartness and rich in flavor from rice 100% grown in Japan.

  • Alcohol Content: 15%
  • Flavor: Dry
  • Brewed Region: Fushimi, Kyoto
TAMANOHIKARI

GEKKEIKANJosen

Selected high-quality rice that is more than suitable as ingredients for brewing, deep in aroma from being brewed for a relatively long period, and so well-rounded that you cannot get enough of it!

  • Alcohol Content: 15-16%
  • Flavor: Medium Dry
  • Brewed Region: Fushimi, Kyoto
GEKKEIKAN

TSUKINOKATSURAHonjozo

Having been made with a lot of care has widened the depth of mellow and rich flavor of this sake. The feeling of the sakegoing down your throat makes you want another cup more and more, with a smoothness inside the depth of the flavor.

  • Alcohol Content: 15%
  • Flavor: Dry
  • Brewed Region: Fushimi, Kyoto
TSUKINOKATSURA
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