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Beer garden in Shiba Park; Turkish cuisine at Hilton Nagoya; photo exhibit at ANA Tokyo

Prince hotel beer garden in Shiba Park

The Tokyo Prince Hotel’s open-air Beer Restaurant Garden Islands is open through Sept. 27.

The beer garden in Shiba Park has 600 seats and offers a barbecue with draft beer and other drinks in a lush green environment, with great views of Tokyo Tower.

This year, the hotel has added some luxury food items including beef filet, abalone and lobster to the menu.

There are three barbecue menus to choose from, starting with a ¥4,300 plan for food only and a ¥6,800 plan that comes with all-you-can-drink of a variety of beverages.

Every Wednesday is Happy Ladies’ Day, when the first 50 people in women-only groups who reserve a beer garden plan can receive various discounts and special deals. A special discount is also offered to the first 50 people who reserve for Sundays and national holidays.

The beer garden is open from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with last orders at 9 p.m.

The Tokyo Prince Hotel is a 1-minute walk from Onarimon Station (Mita Line) or a 7-minute walk from Daimon Station (Oedo Line). For more information, call 03-5400-1170.

Turkish food fair at Hilton Nagoya

The Hilton Nagoya welcomes three guest chefs from Turkish Airlines to hold a Turkish food fair at its Terrace restaurant, through June 30.

Turkish food is known as one of the world’s “three grand cuisines,” along with Chinese and French.

The chefs in charge of the in-flight meals for the airline’s business and first class are visiting the hotel to offer authentic Turkish cuisine in a buffet style.

For the dinner buffet, the unique, traditional salep dondurma ice cream is offered, and on June 21, 28 and 29, there will also be belly dance performances.

The lunch buffet is available at ¥3,200 per adult and ¥2,200 per child ages 4 to 12, and the dinner buffet is available at ¥4,500 per adult and ¥2,900 per child.

The Hilton Nagoya is a 15-minute walk from Nagoya Station and about 35 minutes by train from Central Japan International Airport. For more information and reservations, call 052-212-1151 or visit www.hilton.co.jp/nagoya .

Japanese photo exhibit at ANA Tokyo

” ‘Serenity’ can have very personal interpretations,” says Caroline Trausch, the curator of the ANA Intercontinental Tokyo’s latest photography exhibition. For this show, she says, “the interpretation is exclusively Japanese” but the experience for visitors is “truly universal.”

The Tokyo hotel has used its grand interiors before to support and promote Japan’s creativity, and Trausch’s choice of four Japanese photographers, represented by the Emon Photo Gallery, makes no exception in showcasing domestic talent.

Ryo Ohwada’s 100-year-old bonsai trees, set to dusky gold backgrounds, are painterly and majestically peaceful, while Kiiro’s twinkling cosmos flowers have a magical, dreamy quality. Eriko Koga offers a more literal interpretation with photographs taken on several trips to the sacred Mount Koya, and Sarah Fujiwara’s close-ups of lotus plants are unusually calming in their abstractness. Whether through culture, nature or spirituality, this show proposes that attaining “serenity” is a journey for everyone.

The photographs are being displayed across three floors of the hotel and are free to view.

For more information on the exhibits, or to purchase any of the works, visit the front desk of the hotel.

The ANA InterContinental Tokyo is a 5-minute walk from Tameike-Sanno Station (Ginza and Namboku lines). For more information, call 03-3505-1185.