A Princely Affair at the Nobu Fairmont Monte Carlo Sake Ceremony

Royalty was on-hand at the Sake Ceremony for the opening of the Nobu Fairmont Monte Carlo. TT.SS.HH. The Sovereign Prince and Princess Charlène helped Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro, and Meir Teper welcome the latest addition to the Nobu family on January 8th in Monaco.

Royalty was on-hand at the Sake Ceremony for the opening of the Nobu Fairmont Monte Carlo. TT.SS.HH. The Sovereign Prince and Princess Charlène helped Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro, and Meir Teper welcome the latest addition to the Nobu family on January 8th in Monaco.

Japanese culture blended nicely with the European principality as those involved participated in a Kagami-biraki–the traditional ceremony of breaking open a sake barrel. The barrel’s round shape represents harmony while the act of breaking open its wooden lid with a mallet welcomes in good fortune.

Mochi, soft round rice cakes, were then distributed. The mochi were cut into two, to celebrate the New Year and the start of the new business. This tradition dates back to samurai households, who would make an offering of mochi to the gods every New Year, for good health and fortune.

The Japanese traditions combined with Monte Carlo glamour made for a perfect opening celebration and now the Nobu Fairmont Monte Carlo is officially ready for you.