Our recent trip to Japan for the annual Nismo Festival not only showcased some of the world’s fastest cars on the track.
The flight home also had us stumbling into a beautifully appointed hideaway which makes JAL’s first class wing look like a set piece straight out of Mad Men; a home away from home dedicated to the finest of gentlemanly pursuits.
Welcome to JAL’s RED Suite located in Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.
The luxuriously modern fit out paired with vintage JAL memorabilia showcased the perfect balance between Japanese heritage fit for a modern era. As the doors slid open, we were quickly convinced that this was more than just a relaxation space. This was the home of the ultimate gentlemen’s club.
Loitering the premises will lead you to a dedicated John Lobb shoe shine service which fills the room with the unmistakable scent of vintage leather and polish. The whole experience just adds to the masculine feel of the space whilst an expansive library room had us enamoured for hours with its historical books, black and white photographs and memorabilia which all celebrate JAL’s vibrant past dating back to the 1950s.
Venturing deeper into the JAL RED Suite will afford you one of the most finely appointed games rooms any man could ask for. Residing amongst the world atlas panelled walls and black leather couches are chess tables and a foosball table decked out in slick dark wood.
Look carefully and you’ll see that the Japanese attention to detail even extends to the lighting fixtures which are made from different styles of bowler hats.
If all else fails and you’re neither in the mood for a history lesson or a game of chess, you can head straight to the ridiculously sexy Bar Room, as I eventually did, for some of the world’s greatest Champagne.
Being weary of your flight time is the only concern you’ll have to have as the Bar Room which merges rustic design with French flair stocks fridges full of Laurent Perrier Champagne alongside a shelf of Riedel glasses at the height of a full grown adult.
Moving to the sampling table, guests are presented with a bottle of Laurent Perrier on ice as well as local Sakes which are seasonally adjusted from the master brewers at Hasegawa Saketen. For the extra discerning gent, the bunch of flowers and candles are a nice touch. Then again, they already had us at foosball.
This is Sayonara for now, but I’m sure it won’t be for long.
Luc Wiesman travelled to Japan as a guest of Nissan Australia