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Friday, Feb. 22, 2008

HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

Italian dining in Kasumigaseki, Hina Matsuri at the Keio Plaza

Ristorante di Hokkaido Mia Angela in Tokyo's Kasumigaseki offers sophisticated yet unpretentious Italian dining, using the freshest ingredients direct from Hokkaido. With a 60-seat casual main dining area, private rooms and a chic party space, partitions can create private space for two to 50 people.

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About 10 seasonal specialties from Japan's northernmost prefecture change monthly. Highlights from the February menus include roasted jumbo shiitake mushrooms from Otaki village with garlic and thyme seasoning (¥980), sauteed Shiriuchi ainame white fish and Nayoro asparagus with butter sauce (¥2,080), Hokkaido filet steak with black pepper and root vegetable chips (¥2,080), and more. The dishes are complemented by a comprehensive selection of 40 Italian wines, starting from ¥3,800 a bottle.

For parties and receptions, there are dinner courses at ¥4,500, ¥5,800 and ¥8,000, as well as two party plans at ¥3,000 and ¥4,000 and an all-you-can-drink option for ¥2,000. There's also a lunchtime pasta set for ¥1,000 and lunch courses starting from ¥2,000.

The restaurant is located on the third floor of the Kasumi Dining complex, a 2-minute walk from Exit 11 of Toranomon Station on the Ginza Line. It's open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. (10 p.m. on weekends and holidays).

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For more information, visit www.eastone.co.jp/r_miaangela or call (03) 3539-3539.

Keio Plaza marks Hina Matsuri

The Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku, Tokyo, is getting ready to celebrate the Hina Matsuri doll festival on March 3.

At Hina Matsuri, families with girls display a set of Hina-Ningyo dolls at home, and pray for their daughters' healthy growth. Through March 31, in the Art Lobby on the hotel's third floor, there will be a display of special Hina-Ningyo, which have been preserved and displayed for several hundred years by the Ando family, a feudal lord of the Tokugawa shogunate. The dolls and other ornaments, which are examples of the exquisite work of Edo Period artisans, are being exhibited in public for the first time ever.

There will also be incense burning and tea ceremonies by master Ayanobu Ando for ¥500 in the lobby. The incense burning ceremony is held March 2, between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., and March 23 and 29, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., and the tea ceremony March 22 and 30, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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Through March 31, from 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., there will be koto (Japanese harp) and shakuhachi (bamboo flute) performances in the main lobby on the third floor, which will also feature a display of traditional Hina Matsuri ornaments made from antique silk garments.

Special lunch menus are available at the hotel's Japanese, kaiseki, tempura and shabushabu restaurants, through March 3; prices range from ¥2,500 to ¥8,000.

The hotel is located near the B1 Exit of Tochomae Station on the Oedo Subway Line. For more information, call (03) 3344-0111.



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