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Friday, Sept. 18, 2009

HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

Wine-pairing kaiseki dinners

Hinokizaka, the Michelin- rated Japanese restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo, will host a wine-pairing dinner featuring wines from the Tomi no Oka Winery on Oct. 15.

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A five-course authentic Japanese kaiseki dinner, featuring matsutake mushrooms and other seasonal ingredients, will be served with pairings from the winery in Yamanashi Prefecture.

Among seven wines offered are Tomi Red 1997, which won the top prize at an international wine competition in Bordeaux, France, and three vintages of Tomi Reserve Special, which were released in June in celebration of the winery's 100th anniversary.

The winery's managing director, Eiichi Okawa, will be on hand to discuss the workings of the business, its history and why each wine was selected for each course.

The dinner costs ¥20,000 per person. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. and dinner will start at 7 p.m.

The Ritz Carlton, Tokyo, is in Tokyo Midtown, adjacent to Exit 8 of Roppongi Station. For more information and reservations, call (0120) 798-688.

Free Internet, breakfast at IHG

The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is running an accommodation campaign offering free Internet and breakfast across the Asia-Pacific.

In Japan, 18 hotels under four brands — InterContinental, ANA Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express — are participating in Tokyo, Osaka and key local cities.

Bookings can be made through Sept. 30 and the offer is valid for stays through Nov. 30, subject to room availability. A first-night deposit is required at the time of booking and is nonrefundable upon cancellation.

Quote "Free Internet Breakfast" when booking by phone; choose the "Free Internet Breakfast" option if booking online.

For more details and reservations, visit www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/ pc/1/en/c/1/content/dec/teaser/pc/0/en/lp/apac/free.html or call the group's reservations center in Japan at (0120) 455-655.

A taste of Austria's heritage

With Austria and Japan celebrating their 140th anniversary of diplomatic relations this year, the Park Hyatt Tokyo has invited award-winning Austrian chef Christian Petz to present the "Austrian Heritage" culinary promotion between Sept. 30 and Oct. 9.

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Petz, one of the most celebrated chefs in Austria, was executive chef at the famous restaurant Coburg in Vienna and was named "Austria's Chef of the Year" in 2002.

The hotel's 41st-floor Girandole restaurant will offer two dinner courses (¥12,000 and ¥16,000) and a la carte menus. Petz's authentic Austrian creations, served in a modern style, will be paired with Austrian wines that are difficult to find in Japan, including those from long-established wineries Esterhazy and Pichler.

The menus are available from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. (last orders 10 p.m.).

The Park Hyatt Tokyo is a 12-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station or an eight-minute walk from Tochomae Station. For more information or reservations, call (03) 5323-3459.



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