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Japanese afternoon tea; Beatles and disco dinner party; eat off Kutani porcelain

Japanese afternoon tea at Peninsula

In line with the hotel’s theme “Enriching Your Life,” the Peninsula Tokyo is holding special promotions relating to food and culture at each of its restaurants, through August.

For example, at its continental dining space The Lobby, a special afternoon tea set featuring Japanese flavors will be offered from June 1 to 30. Besides sandwiches, a tomato and roast vegetables tart, and salmon rillettes and flying fish roe on mini blini, the afternoon tea comes with a variety of desserts featuring Japanese ingredients such as a matcha green tea and chocolate mousse, yuzu citron tart and ponkan orange cake.

Twenty different kinds of tea, including Japanese green tea, are available, as well as coffee.

The afternoon tea is available from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at ¥3,800 including tax, subject to a 10 percent service charge.

The Peninsula Tokyo is connected to Hibiya Station (Chiyoda, Hibiya and Mita lines), or a 3-minute walk from Ginza Station (Ginza, Hibiya and Marunouchi lines) or Yurakucho Station (Yamanote, Keihin-Tohoku and Yurakucho lines). For more information or reservations, call The Lobby at (03) 6270-2731.

Gala party at Grand Hyatt Tokyo

During its 10th anniversary year, the Grand Hyatt Tokyo is holding a variety of events including a black-tie gala party called Grand Recipes of Love on May 30.

The party starts with a cocktail hour before moving on to a dinner featuring live cooking of dishes from the hotel’s seven restaurants, prepared by internationally renowned chefs using fresh seasonal ingredients.

Following dinner, guests can enjoy a live concert by The Bootleg Beatles, a Beatles tribute band formed in March 1980 that will perform Beatles classics such as “All You Need is Love” and “All My Loving.”

The evening’s finale will be a night of dancing in the Grand Ballroom-turned-disco hall.

The party will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight and tickets are available at ¥35,000. Reservations are required and tickets must be purchased in advance.

A Grand room for the evening of the event is available at ¥25,000 for double occupancy, including all taxes and fees.

The Grand Hyatt Tokyo is a 3-minute walk from Roppongi Station (Hibiya and Oedo lines). For more information and reservations, call (03) 4333-8838.

Fine porcelain with teppanyaki fare

From June 3 to July 31, the Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo, will hold a special collaboration fair called The Art of Kutani, featuring Kutani painted porcelain, one of the traditional Japanese ceramic wares from Ishikawa Prefecture, and Japanese cuisine at the hotel’s teppanyaki restaurant, Kutani.

This is the hotel’s second fair in a series featuring special Japanese porcelain, following a Bizen dishware collaboration at its Japanese restaurant, Hinokizaka. At Kutani, the Japanese dishware made by Kazuhiko Komekyu, one of the world’s top designers, will be matched with chief chef Sanshiro Matsumoto’s lunch and dinner menus of seasonal fare.

On July 3 during lunch, Komekyu will visit and guests can observe him painting dishes.

Lunch is available at ¥7,350 and dinner at ¥15,750. Prices include tax and are subject to a service charge.

The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo, can be accessed directly from Exit 8 of Roppongi Station (Hibiya and Oedo lines). For more information and reservations, call (03) 6434-8711 or visit www.ritz-carlton.jp .