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Friday, June 19, 2009

HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

¥2,009 a room at the Peninsula

Embracing its core philosophy of "giving" — to customers, employees and the community — The Peninsula Tokyo is offering a special "2009 — A Year of Giving and Receiving" room rate of ¥2,009, with proceeds going to charity.

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The rate will be available to the first 10 callers to The Peninsula Tokyo at (03) 6270-2200, from 9 a.m. on the first day of July, August, September, October, November and December. (Reservations for the special promotion will not be accepted at the hotel's front desk or by mail, e-mail, fax or by calling the Reservations Department.) Winners can reserve a Deluxe Room for a one-night stay for ¥2,009, including tax and service charge.

The proceeds of the promotion will be donated to Make A Wish Japan and local breast cancer charities.

The date of stay, registered name, address, phone number, valid credit card and expiration date are required when making a reservation. The stay must be completed before Dec. 30. The special rate is not available Dec. 24, 25 and 26.

The Peninsula Tokyo is connected to the Tokyo Subway's Hibiya and Yurakucho stations and is a three-minute walk from Ginza Station. For more information or detailed terms and conditions, contact (03) 6270-2525 (Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) or e-mail ptk@peninsula.com

Balancing yin and yang

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, has introduced a new treatment to stimulate the body's meridians, those energy channels through which blood and chi are said to flow.

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The 110-minute "Mandarin Oriental Signature Spa Therapy" was developed in consultation with specialists in traditional Chinese medicine and aroma therapy, and it combines the effects of oriental meridian massage with the therapeutic benefits of essential oils to restore the yin-yang balance, relieve stress and improve circulation.

The treatment begins with a private consultation with a therapist who will classify your health and state of well being according to one of five types.

Then one of five aroma oils created exclusively for the Mandarin Oriental that best suits your condition will be used in the Mandarin's original hands-on, acupressure body massage.

After the treatment, nutritional and exercise guidance will be provided to enhance and extend the program's beneficial effects at home.

The Mandarin Oriental Signature Spa Therapy is ¥44,000 on weekdays and ¥46,000 on weekends.

The Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, is adjacent to Mitsukoshi-mae and Shin-Nihonbashi stations, and a seven-minute walk from Nihonbashi and Kanda stations. To make a reservation or for more information, call (03) 3270-8300 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.), or e-mail motyo-spaconcierge@mohg.com

French, Kansai fuse in Osaka

Swissotel Nankai Osaka is serving a "Menu Fusion" dinner course that combines French nouvelle cuisine and Osaka's traditional local food, kushiage.

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The restaurant Sh'un Kushiage & Wine offers a stylish and creative selection of kushiage (deep-fried kebabs) — traditionally a rather basic and casual "fast food."

Nouvelle cuisine is characterized by lighter sauces, emphasis on the ingredients' flavors and elaborate presentation.

In an attempt to provide menus that transcend the boundaries of cuisine categories, executive chef Christophe Jean, from Bordeaux, has created an innovative dinner course that includes five kinds of kushiage and five innovative avant-garde French dishes designed to delight the eye as well as the palate.

The course is ¥9,124, including service and tax. Menus will change every two weeks based on customer feedback as part of the restaurant's efforts to continue coming up with innovative dishes.

The restaurant is open between 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., from Wednesday to Sunday.

Swissotel Nankai Osaka is located above Nankai Namba Station. For more information or reservations, call (06) 6646-5122.



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