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New Year’s osechi ryōri and countdown parties

The Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo is offering original osechi ryōri

The Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo is offering original osechi ryōri (traditional Japanese New Year’s food) at its gourmet boutique Melissa for delivery or takeout on New Year’s Eve to assist those preparing for the coming of the New Year’s holidays.

Osechi ryōri traditionally consists of a special assortment of foods in tiered boxes called jubako, which are eaten to celebrate the New Year. The hotel offers boxes with one or two tiers, which include a range of dishes prepared by the hotel’s chefs.

The two-tiered box costs ¥36,750 and includes lobster thermidor, mousse of foie gras, kōhaku namasu (a red-and-white salad of carrots and daikon) and roast beef. The one-tiered version is available at ¥16,800 and contains shrimp in chili sauce, kuromame (stewed, sweetened black beans) and sweet chestnuts.

Orders are accepted at the hotel’s boutique through Dec. 27 and over the Internet through Dec. 24; pickup is Dec. 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Delivery is available to most areas and is free for those living in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba.

The Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo is a 7-minute walk from Waseda Station on the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line or 10 minutes on the hotel’s shuttle bus from Takadanobaba Station. For more information or to place an order, call Melissa at (03) 5285-1121 or visit www.rihga-tokyo.co.jp/osechi/index.html.

Countdown party at the Royal Park

The Royal Park Hotel in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo will hold its annual buffet and New Year’s countdown party on New Year’s Eve.

After enjoying a dinner buffet from 10 p.m., guests can dance in the Royal Hall to R&B and disco classics from the 1960s to ’80s performed by cover band Scar Face Project, with DJ Inaba.

Professional dancers also will take the stage and guests can party past midnight in a festive atmosphere.

After the party, which runs from 10:45 p.m. through 12:30 a.m., the hotel will provide free buses that go to Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, a popular site for hatsumode (first prayer of the year).

The party costs ¥10,000 per person and ¥5,000 for children ages 4 to 12, including tax and a service charge.

The Royal Park Hotel is adjacent to Suitengumae Station on the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line. For more information or reservations, call (03) 3667-6378 or visit www.rph.co.jp.