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Yamagata products in Cantonese cuisine; Rihga Royal Osaka noodle and soup fair; Okura Tokyo charity art exhibit

Yamagata items in Cantonese fare

The Cantonese restaurant Akasaka Rikyu is holding a special course fair featuring dishes using products from Yamagata Prefecture, through Aug. 31 at its branches in the Akasaka and Ginza districts of Tokyo.

Located in northeastern Japan, Yamagata Prefecture is mountainous but has a long coastline along the Sea of Japan. With a humid summer and long, chilly winter, the prefecture produces and procures a wide variety of products from the sea and the mountains.

Akasaka Rikyu’s executive chef Hikoaki Tan uses a variety of Japanese ingredients from around the nation to create fresh, highly nutritional dishes. This special fair showcases the wealth of Yamagata products, such as huge oysters from the Sea of Japan, Dadachamame green soybeans, peaches, Yonezawa beef and Yonezawa Ichiban Sodachi brand pork. Also, the fried rice is made with Yamagata’s Tsuyahime brand rice.

The Yamagata fair dishes are only available in the lunch and dinner courses. The dinner course can be ordered for lunch as well.

The lunch course costs ¥6,300 and the dinner course costs ¥12,600. Prices include tax but not a service charge.

Akasaka Rikyu’s main branch has direct access from Akasaka Station (Chiyoda Line). For more information and reservations, call the Akasaka main branch at 03-5570-9323, or visit www.rikyu.jp .

Osaka Rihga Royal’s summer noodles

The Rihga Royal Hotel Osaka is holding a special summer fair featuring noodles and soups called Royal Summer Lunch at seven of its restaurants, through Aug. 31.

Each restaurant will offer its own style of noodles and soups, such as Italian pasta, Japanese udon noodles and Chinese spicy noodles.

The all-day dining Remone on the first floor of the west wing will offer pasta featuring sea urchin. The rich urchin and cream sauce is mixed with thin capellini pasta, available at ¥2,500 including tax and a service charge.

The hotel’s new Japanese restaurant, Nakanoshima, on the 30th floor of the tower wing, will offer a special menu called Nakanoshima Gozen of several dishes. It is available at ¥4,043 including tax and a service charge.

The Rihga Royal Hotel Osaka is directly connected to Nakanoshima Station (Keihan Line). There is also a daily shuttle bus service from Osaka Station. For more information or reservations, call 06-6448-1121 or visit www.rihga.co.jp/osaka .

Hotel Okura Tokyo charity art exhibit

From Aug. 7 to Sept. 1, the Hotel Okura Tokyo will hold a charity art exhibition, “The Great Masters of Japan and France with Monet, Utrillo and Saeki,” at the hotel’s Ascot Hall on the second basement level of the South Wing.

The exhibition will be hosted by the Corporate Cultural Exchange Committee to show masterpieces that are owned by companies, organizations and individuals and so cannot ordinarily be viewed. This year, the hotel will hold its 19th exhibition and donate all the net profit to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

The exhibition will open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (from noon on Aug. 7). Tickets are ¥1,200 for adults, ¥1,000 for students and free for those in junior high school or below.

During the term, the hotel will also offer an accommodation plan as well as special dishes related to French Impressionists at its restaurants. French restaurant La Belle Epoque will offer a special crème brûlée that was loved by people in Montmartre, an area of Paris where many such artists gathered. Special packages consisting of a ticket to the exhibit and a special lunch at the hotel’s restaurants will be available at ¥4,000 and ¥6,000.

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