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Friday, May 2, 2008

HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

Mother-and-baby massage, gourmet Africa and a diplomatic feast

A break for mom and baby

For those women seeking a well-deserved break from looking after their newborn, the Hilton Tokyo in Shinjuku has put together a luxury treatment plan for mothers and their babies.

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The "Baby-moon" one-day plan includes the use of a room for six hours, with a special 15-minute massage treatment for the baby and a 45-minute aromatherapy massage for the mother.

Check-in is 12 p.m. and guests can relax in the room, use the Fitness Center or enjoy afternoon tea at the Executive Lounge (for guests on the Executive Floors) through 6 p.m. Guests can choose from a twin, double or suite room on the Deluxe or Executive Floors.

The plan is available from ¥25,725 per person with a baby under age 1, including tax and service.

The Hilton Tokyo is a two-minute walk from exit C8 of Nishi-Shinjuku Station or a 10-minute walk from the west exit of Shinjuku Station. For more information and reservations, call (03) 3344-5111.

Experience Africa at gourmet fair

African food is the featured cuisine at The InterContinental Yokohama Grand's "World Gourmet Fair," from May 7 through May 31.

The fair is jointly organized by the hotel and JETRO to offer people a chance to experience Africa through its food as the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV) is scheduled to take place in Yokohama from May 28 to 30.

The Ocean Terrace buffet will serve various African dishes, from traditional couscous and bobotie (beef pie), to original selections using African ingredients, breads and cakes.

The drinks selection will include African coffees such as world-famous Kilimanjaro, Malawi tea and rooibos tea, and distinctive red wine from South Africa, made from Pinotage grapes.

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The lunch buffet is available between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and costs ¥2,940 (¥3,360 on Sat., Sun. and holidays), and the dinner buffet is available between 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., and costs ¥4,620.

The hotel is a two-minute walk from Minatomirai Station or a 10-minute walk from Sakuragicho Station.

For further information or reservations, call (045) 223-2678.

Diplomatic green fingers

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The Hotel Okura Tokyo will hold a gardening exhibition from May 2 to 6, with the participation of ambassadors' wives from 10 countries.

The event has been held annually since 2000 as part of the hotel's activities promoting international exchanges. Some 90 ambassadors' wives have exhibited rare and delicate gardens using national flowers and plants from their native lands that reflect each country's tradition and culture.

Participating this year are Thailand, Canada, Belgium, Peru, the Russian Federation and China, as well as four first-time participants, Mozambique, the Slovak Republic, Portugal and Oman.

The event will be held between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. (admission until 7:30 p.m.) in the Heian Room on the first floor of the main building. Admission is ¥1,600 for adults and ¥900 for children (age 6-15). Partial proceeds from the event will go to the Save the Children Japan charity.

Next to the Heian Room, in the Continental Room, there will be a lunch buffet serving selections from each participating country, between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The lunch buffet is ¥4,000 for adults and ¥3,000 for children (age 4-12).

For more information and reservations, call (03) 3582-0111.



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