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Friday, Feb. 11, 2011

HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

Original Edomae French dinner

Hotel East 21 Tokyo, part of the Okura Hotels & Resorts group, will hold a special dinner event on Feb. 26 for diners to enjoy French cuisine using seafood from Tokyo Bay (Edomae).

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The dinner will be prepared by the hotel's master chef in collaboration with two master chefs from other Okura hotels. Takeshi Suwa (inset, middle) from the Hotel East 21 Tokyo, Hajime Nakada (inset, right) from the Hotel Okura Tokyo and Hideaki Haga from the Hotel Okura Tokyo Bay will create original dishes using regional vegetables and seafood fused with traditional French ingredients.

The dinner course includes an amuse-bouche of three pieces of original sushi, each made in a different style by each chef; Edomae terrine using Japanese conger eel and French foie gras; basil seafood soup with stewed Japanese clams and vegetables; a mousse of Shiba shrimp and scallops; and a main dish of flambe Japanese beef and local vegetables with Hotel Okura's renowned marjoram sauce, served by the three chefs themselves.

The dinner event will start at 6 p.m. Tickets are ¥18,000 per person.

The Hotel East 21 Tokyo is a 7-minute walk from Toyocho Station on the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line. For more information or reservations, call (03) 5683-5731.

Seasonal Tokyo fondue selection

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The MIXX Bar & Lounge on the 36th floor of the ANA InterContinental Tokyo is offering special fondues in February and March.

Through Feb. 28, it is serving chocolate fondue with strawberries, marshmallows, bananas, waffles and pineapples for ¥2,100. Using richly flavored, high-quality Valrhona chocolate, the fondue is made to be complemented by Champagne and is a perfect treat for a sweet Saint Valentine's Day. A set menu including the fondue and two glasses of Chambille, a Champagne-based cocktail, is available for ¥5,250.

In March, fondue made with Beaufort cheese from the Savoie region of France will be offered with traditional bread for ¥2,100. A set menu including the fondue with two glasses of Alsace white wine will cost ¥5,250.

The fondues are available from 5 p.m. to as late as 1 a.m. so guests can enjoy the special treats as a late night snack. Prices do not include tax or service charges.

The ANA InterContinental Hotel Tokyo is a 5-minute walk from Tameike-sanno Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza and Nanboku lines. For more information or reservations, call (03) 3505-1111.

Special Odawara plan for women

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The Hilton Odawara Resort & Spa, situated in the foothills near Hakone, is offering a special accommodation package called the Otona no Joshi-kai Plan. "Joshi-kai" is a recent Japanese phrase used to describe women-only parties where friends gather to enjoy meals, drinks and conversation.

The package includes a bottle of sparkling wine and canapes in the room, buffet breakfast and afternoon tea (a dessert buffet instead of afternoon tea is available on weekends and holidays). It also includes complimentary access to the hotel's 11 spa pools, natural hot spring baths and relaxation room as well as a special offer on a head and shoulder massage spa treatment at the Aqua Beaute Spa. Surrounded by nature, guests can relax and enjoy a special time with friends while taking in a great view of the tranquil waters of Sagami Bay.

The package rates start at ¥15,000 per person for a group of four people and the plan is available through March 31 (except Feb. 11, March 20 and Saturdays).

The Hilton Odawara Resort & Spa is a 15-minute drive from Odawara Station. There is a shuttle bus from the station on weekdays and shuttle bus service daily from Nebukawa Station, two stops from Odawara. For more information, contact (0465) 29-1000.



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