After spending nine years in the idol groups AKB48 and SKE48, Sumire Sato, whose first name means "violet," began working freelance as a creator, engaging in fashion projects and producing violet-colored cafe menus and sweets. As luck would have it, shades of purple (lavender, lilac, violet) are trending in 2020, so it's Sumire's year.

That may explain why The Strings Hotel Yagoto Nagoya reached out to Ms. Sato for a special collaboration this fall, an upgrade on their popular Princess Afternoon Tea set which they call the "Marie Antoinette Sumire Sweets Collection"

Sato Sumire designed and selected the ingredients, supervised the creation, and attended multiple meetings with the hotel before settling on the final version which met the head patissier's approval. The set contains the motif of violets which, along with roses, were said to be Marie Antoinette's favorite flower. This is reflected in such items as a violet-colored mini-parfait made with butterfly pea sorbet or a panna cotta topped with violet liqueur jelly. Moreover, reflecting Marie Antoinette's enthusiasm for fashion, the set has decorative elements such as tiaras, high-heeled shoes, and ribbons. It's an afternoon tea set sure to please girls of all ages.

Marie Antoinette Sumire Sweets Collection

First Drink: butterfuly pea tea

Savory selections

Quiche with seasonal vegetables, kadayif stuffed with sakura shrimp and mashed potato, marinated purple cabbage and orange salad, cream cheese and uncured ham canape.

Special scones

Plain and blueberry scones, clotted cream, rose sauce, cassis sauce.

Upper Tier

Violet mini-parfait and mixed berry mousse

Yogurt Opera and violet jelly panna cotta

Middle Tier

Cassis baked cheesecake, mixed berry macarons, canelé, chocolate bonbons.

High Tea course including a glass of champagne, pie-wrapped purple potato soup, and "three delicacies" savory collection: 3,700 JPY.

"Three delicacies" savory collection

Baked chestnut French toast with foie gras, caviar spoon, truffled rice croquette, healthy smoothie.


  • Period: September 24th to November 8th, 2020
  • Place: Strings Lounge, 1F
  • Times: 11:00 to 18:00 (L.O. 17:0)
  • Standard price: 3,300 JPY + tax + 12% service charge
  • High Tea Set price: (including glass of champagne and pie-wrapped soup, and "three delicacies" savory set): 3,700 JPY + tax + 12% service charge.
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Hotel room and afternoon tea plan

  • Period: September 24th to November 8th
  • Time: 12:00 to 14:00 or 15:00 to 17:00
  • Price: 3,500 JPY (including tax and service charge) + 3,000 JPY (room fee)
  • Reservations: 052-861-7874
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  • Hotel stay and afternoon tea plan

    • Period: September 24th to November 8th
    • Plan name (JP): 【お部屋でアフタヌーンティ】元SKE48“佐藤すみれさん”監修のアフタヌーンティーを満喫♪≪朝食付・駐車場無料≫
    • Translation: Room and afternoon tea: Enjoy an afternoon tea supervised by former SKE48 member Sumire Sato (breakfast included, free parking)
    • Afternoon tea time: 15:00 to 17:30
    • Price: Executive Suite from 15,500 JPY (incl. tax and service fee) per person / Luxury Suite from 17,600 JPY (incl. tax and service fee) per person
    • Reservations: 052-861-7901

By - Ben K.