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Friday, March 11, 2011

HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

Support pandas by staying in Tokyo

To help a project between China and Japan to breed the endangered giant panda, Mitsui Garden Hotels will offer an Ueno no Panda Oen Plan at its five Tokyo locations for guests to support the new pandas at the Ueno Zoological Gardens.

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Through June 30, the hotel group's Ueno, Ginza Premier, Shiodome Italia-gai, Yotsuya and Kamata properties are offering the accommodation plan to support the pair of giant pandas that arrived from China last month, in cooperation with the Ueno no Panda executive committee to welcome the animals. For guests using the plan, Mitsui will donate ¥500 per night to the Save the Panda campaign of the Tokyo Zoological Park Society, which runs Ueno Zoo and three others plus an aquarium in Tokyo.

As part of the plan, for each night's stay, guests will receive a cell phone screen cleaner charm with the Ueno no Panda original panda character design. Also, five guests using the plan will be randomly selected in a drawing to receive a free accommodation voucher for the Mitsui Garden Hotel Ueno, which opened last September.

For more information, visit www.gardenhotels.co.jp.

Royal Park offers Spanish fare

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This month, Spanish food and wine can be consumed at a fair in the Royal Park Hotel in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo.

Sponsored by the Embassy of Spain in cooperation with the National Tourist Office of Spain, IVEX (The Valencian Worldwide Foreign Trade Agency) and All Nippon Airways, the fair offers authentic Spanish cuisine and a variety of genuine Spanish wines at the hotel's Symphony restaurant through March 31.

Renowned chefs Rafael Blasco Gimeno and Vicente Simo Magraner were invited from Spain to prepare a range of authentic Spanish dishes and deserts, such as paella, gazpacho and coca de llanda (a Valencian lemon cake). Spanish cuisine features plenty of olive oil, garlic, and riches from the land and the sea. A wide variety of wines, including those from Valencia, will be offered.

The buffet dinner is available from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. for ¥5,250 per person (¥3,150 per child and ¥4,725 per senior aged 65 and over). Guests arriving before 7 p.m. on weekdays will receive a discount rate of ¥4,200 per person (¥2,100 per child and ¥3,675 per senior). All prices include tax and service charge.

The Royal Park Hotel is directly connected to Suitengumae Station. For more information and reservations, call (03) 3667-1111.

In-restaurant cherry blossoms

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The restaurant Tableaux in the Daikanyama area of Tokyo will hold a seasonal event to celebrate the coming of spring from March 22.

Spring is the season when most Japanese people go outdoors to view cherry blossoms, by day or night. By installing a cherry blossom tree in its terrace, Tableaux allows guests to dine with a seasonal view, as if they were picnicking in a park.

Also, a cherry blossom flavored cocktail (¥1,260) will be offered.

Tableaux offers a wide variety of international dishes such as fresh oysters, pizza with black truffles and tortilla rolls. Also, a dry-aged sirloin matured for 55 days at the restaurant is available for ¥4,200.

Tableaux opens from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. (last order 11 p.m.).

Tableaux is a 3-minute walk from Daikanyama Station. For further information or reservations, call (03) 5489-2201 or visit www.tableaux.jp.



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