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Friday, July 18, 2008


Beat the heat with eels or bake your own cakes at the Rihga

Beat the heat with unagi kaiseki

As both July 24 and Aug. 5 this year are Doyo no Ushi no Hi (Midsummer Day of the Ox), also known as Eel Day, when Japanese people traditionally eat unagi (eel) to fight summer fatigue, the Hyatt Regency Tokyo has prepared a special lunch course at its Japanese restaurant Kakou.

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Eel is said to have a good, stamina-providing nutritious balance, and it is ideal for this time of year, when people tend to lose their appetites because of the heat. Domestic eels are used in the dishes, which are served in the traditional kaiseki style.

The Unagi Gozen lunch is ¥6,000 and is available from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays) through Aug. 31.

The hotel is a 12-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station. There is a shuttle bus service from the Shinjuku L Tower building. For more information, call (03) 3348-1234.

Hotel offers cake-making classes

The Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo is organizing cake-making classes for families during the summer vacations.

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Under the guidance of hotel pastry chef Ryoko Nonoda, children and parents will bake cupcakes and decorate them with toppings of fruit, marzipan and chocolate. After the class, they can enjoy the cakes hot from the oven for tea and take some of them home as souvenirs for the whole family.

The classes, which last roughly 3 1/2 hours, are on July 29, Aug. 4, 7, 22 and 26 from 1 p.m. The fee is ¥6,000 for a child/parent pair.

The hotel is a seven-minute walk from Waseda Station or 10 minutes by hotel shuttle bus from Takadanobaba Station. For more information, call (03) 5285-1121.

Dinner with a big summer bang

The Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel is offering a special dinner and fireworks plan for the Minato Kobe Fireworks Festival on Aug. 2.

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As the fireworks are set off just in front of Meriken Park, the hotel's open terrace provides front-row seating for the display. Guests can enjoy a special dinner before or after the fireworks in the hotel's banquet room, or at one of its five restaurants.

The plan costs from ¥11,550 to ¥28,875, depending on the dinner selected.

The hotel is located in Kobe's oceanfront Meriken Park, an eight-minute walk from Minato-Motomachi Subway Station. There is a shuttle bus service from Kobe and Sannomiya stations to the hotel.

For further information or reservations, call (0120) 59-8112 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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