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World Gardening Fair at Hotel Okura

This year, the Hotel Okura Tokyo marks its 50th anniversary, and as part of the celebrations, the hotel will host the 12th Annual World Gardening Fair from May 1-6 at the Heian Room on the first floor of its main building.

At the fair, the spouses of ambassadors from 10 countries stationed in Japan will create original horticultural compositions for display. It will be a showcase of each country’s unique culture, tradition and natural environment, using trees and flowers representative of each country. The participants this year are the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Republic of Finland, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of Fiji, the Kingdom of Thailand, the Republic of Kenya, the Argentine Republic, India and Hungary.

Tickets costs ¥1,500 for adults and those in high school or above, and ¥800 for other students. A special lunch set ticket is also available at ¥4,000 or ¥6,000.

Proceeds from the fair will be donated to the Northeast Japan Earthquake Restoration Fund.

The Hotel Okura Tokyo is a 10-minute walk from Toranomon, Kamiyacho, Tameike-sanno and Roppongi-itchome Tokyo Metro subway stations. For more information, call (03) 3505-6110 or visit www.hotelokura.co.jp/tokyo.

Towering Golden Week special buffet

For the Golden Week holidays in Japan, the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel in the Shibuya area of Tokyo will again prepare a special buffet for families on May 3.

Titled Panorama, this buffet will be held in the hotel’s banquet hall Lunare on the 39th floor, from which guests can enjoy views of Tokyo, including Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Sky Tree.

The buffet will offer about 25 seasonal dishes, including desserts. Some dishes will be prepared to order in front of customers, such as steamed lobster and freshly boiled pasta seasoned in a wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

The lunch buffet will be available at ¥6,000 per person and ¥3,000 per child ages 4 to 12. The dinner buffet will be available at ¥10,000 per person and ¥5,000 per child ages 4 to 12.

The prices include tax and a service charge.

The Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel is a 5-minute walk from the West Exit of Shibuya Station. For more information or reservations, call (03) 3476-3000 or visit www.ceruleantower-hotel.com/en.

Manolo dinner show at Grand Hyatt

To celebrate its ninth anniversary, the Grand Hyatt Tokyo in the Roppongi area will hold several events. For example, world-famous singer and musician Manolo will perform at a special dinner show titled Manolo — The Voice of the Gypsies on May 22 at the Grand Ballroom on the third floor.

Manolo began his career as lead singer of the band Chico & the Gypsies. After 20 years, he left the group to create his own band consisting of talented artists including children of the founders of the Gypsy Kings and the grandsons of Manitas de Plata.

Manolo, with his golden voice, continues to sing a mixture of traditional Andalusian gypsy and modern music. The passionate performance by Manolo and his band can be enjoyed by people from various generations, with favorites such as “Bamboleo,” “Djobi, Djoba” and “Volare.”

Doors open at 7 p.m. The dress code for the event is semi-formal, meaning jeans and sneakers are not permitted. Children of preschool age and younger are not allowed at this event.

Tickets cost ¥25,000 per person including dinner, beverages, the show, tax and a service charge.

The Grand Hyatt Tokyo is about a 3-minute walk from Roppongi Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya and Toei Oedo lines. For more information and ticket reservations, call (03) 4333-8838 or visit www.restaurants.tokyo.grand.hyatt.com.