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Friday, April 3, 2009


Mandarin Oriental 'Azuma Odori'

From May 29 to June 1, The Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, will offer an "MO Azuma Odori" accommodation package, which combines a one-night stay for two in a Deluxe Room or a Premium Grand Room and two tickets for the 85th Azuma Odori, the famous annual geisha performance at Shinbashi Enbujo Theater in Ginza, Tokyo.

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Azuma Odori is a rare chance to appreciate the traditional dancing, singing and shamisen skills of the geisha of Shinbashi Karyukai, one of the most exclusive geisha groups in Japan. Azuma Odori has been a major annual event since it was held at the opening of Shinbashi Enbujo in 1925.

The package also includes a traditional shokado bento lunch prepared by six prestigious Japanese ryotei restaurants (Tokyo Kiccho, Shinkiraku, Kanetanaka, Matsuyama, Yonemura and Yamane) served at the theater restaurant prior to the show, an American breakfast for two at K'shiki on the 38th floor of the hotel and a choice of early check-in from 11 a.m. or late check-out until 5 p.m.

Package prices start from ¥85,000 per room for double occupancy, excluding a percent service charge.

The Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, is adjacent to Mitsukoshi-mae and Shin-Nihonbashi stations, and a seven-minute walk from Nihonbashi and Kanda stations. For more information, call (03) 3270-8800.

InterContinental salumi week

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The InterContinental Yokohama Grand's Italian Grill La Vela will host an "Italian Prestige Salumi Week" from April 10 to 16.

High-quality salumi (Italian-style cured meats), such as prosciutto, sausage and salami, certified to the EU's DOP/IGP standard, will be served.

In addition to a la carte menus, special courses will be prepared by Andrea Tranchero, executive chef of Armani/Ristorante in Ginza Tower. Tranchero (right) will visit the restaurant from April 10 to 12.

Tranchero's lunch course (11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.) is ¥5,250 and dinner courses (5:30-9 p.m.) are ¥10,500 and ¥12,600.

The hotel is also holding a "Club Upgrade Promotion," during which Executive Floor rooms will be priced as standard rooms (from ¥18,000), to promote its exclusive Club Continental facility, service and benefits. The promotion is available only on weekdays, through June 30.

The InterContinental Yokohama Grand is a two-minute walk from Minatomirai Station or a 10-minute walk from Sakuragicho Station. For more information, call (045) 223-2222.

Cerulean Portuguese dinner

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The Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel in Shibuya, Tokyo, is serving a weekday dinner course featuring Portuguese dishes at the Garden Kitchen Caramelo, through April 30.

The dinner course (¥3,900) features traditional Portuguese dishes such as white wine-steamed seafood in special copper cookware (cataplana), gratin of potato and dried and salted cod (bacalhau), roast pork loin with port wine sauce and pao de lo, which is said to be the inspiration for Japan's popular castella sponge cake, for dessert. The course also includes tomato and chicken salad, vegetable soup and coffee or tea.

Red and white Portuguese wines, selected by the hotel sommelier to match the courses, are also available at ¥950 a glass and ¥5,000 a bottle.

The restaurant is open from 6:30 a.m. to midnight, and the dinner course is available between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m., from Monday to Saturday, except national holidays.

The Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel is a five-minute walk from the West Exit of JR Shibuya Station. For more information, call (03) 3476-3000.

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