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Taste Spanish wines, listen to rakugo; share a night with art; rest in an artist-designed room

Rakugo and Spanish wine event

Spain Club Ginza, one of the biggest Spanish product promotion stores in Japan, celebrates the coming of spring with a special dinner featuring rakugo (Japanese sit-down comedy) and wine tasting at its restaurant on April 6.

Spain Club Ginza, run by Spain Club, which operates a chain of Spanish restaurants and imports Spanish food and wine, is becoming one of the new entertainment spots to visit in Ginza.

As a tribute to the pink of cherry blossoms, a symbol of spring in Japan, the restaurant will hold a seminar and tasting of rose wines, including Rovellats Rose Brut and Ochoa Rosado, from its large selections of Spanish wines.

After the tasting, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of cultural exchange between Japan and Spain, rakugo will be performed by Yanagiyatei Saryu. Then guests will be treated to a special dinner.

Doors will open at 4 p.m., and the plan will be available at ¥10,000 per person.

Spain Club Ginza is a 4-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Station or an 8-minute walk from Shinbashi Station. For more information and reservations, call (03) 6228-5338 or visit www.spainclub.jp .

Share a night with art this weekend

Shared Terrace in the Gaienmae district will hold a special party called “Shared,” through the night of March 23.

Art Fair Tokyo and Roppongi Art Night are being held from March 22 to 24, making it an exciting weekend for art fans in Tokyo. To accommodate the revelers, the restaurant will open like a bar, where guests — including artists, staff and visitors — can all drop in and chat about their night of art.

At the last similar event the restaurant held, more than 1,000 people came and spent the night.

In order to allow all customers to enjoy the event, reservations are not accepted. Also, all drinks as well as appetizers will be available at ¥500.

The event will be held from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day.

Shared Terrace is a 4-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Gaienmae Station. For more information, call (03) 5772-1585.

Stay in an artist-designed hotel room

The Park Hotel Tokyo in the Shiodome area, a flourishing business and culture center, has launched the Artist Room, a new category of hotel accommodation.

This year, the hotel marks its 10th anniversary and in celebration of it, the hotel has been conducting the Artist in Hotel project since last December, for which the hotel has been renewing a whole floor of 30 rooms that artists are being asked to design as they wish.

Artists have been invited to patronize the guest rooms and, while directly experiencing the hotel for themselves and its facilities and services, they are able to create Artist Rooms.

The first room was completed by Hiroyuki Kimura, a Japanese painter. He directly painted the walls with his unique designs featuring sumo wrestlers. Guests will enter the sacred world of sumo and vie for space with the giants of the sport who jump out from the walls into the room.

The room is available at ¥40,000 for double occupancy, excluding taxes and a service charge.

Park Hotel Tokyo is a 7-minute walk from Shinbashi Station. For more information, call (03) 6252-1111 or visit www.parkhoteltokyo.com/artcolours/aih.html .