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Chopsticks exhibition, workshop; An Imperial Christmas; Xmas in Hakone

Chopsticks exhibition, workshop

The Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo in Shinjuku will hold an exhibition featuring hashi (Japanese chopsticks) at its lobby on the third floor of the hotel, from Dec. 1 to 25.

The aim of the exhibition is to help to promote Japanese culture and aesthetic sense to the hotel’s international clientele. About 300 kinds of traditional chopsticks, such as Wajima lacquer from Ishikawa Prefecture, Wakasa lacquer from Fukui Prefecture and seasonal chopsticks, will be displayed and will be available for purchase.

During the exhibition period the hotel’s French restaurant Duo Fourchettes will serve a course that can be eaten with the chopsticks (except dinner Dec. 20-25).

Also, on Jan. 15, a workshop on decorating chopsticks will be held from 11:45 a.m., at which guests can make their own chopsticks. The workshop will be available at ¥10,000 per person, including lunch at the Duo Fourchettes. Advanced reservations are required.

The Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo is a 5-minute walk from the West Exit of Shinjuku Station (various lines). For more information or to make reservations, call (03) 3344-0111 or visit www.keioplaza.co.jp.

An Imperial Christmas

Tokyo’s 123-year-old Imperial Hotel will be celebrating Christmas this year with special promotions.

In the hotel’s main lobby, an elegantly decorated Christmas tree will welcome guests. Also, three of the hotel’s restaurants will serve Christmas suppers.

The hotel’s multiaward-winning French restaurant Les Saisons on the mezzanine floor of the main building will offer lunches and dinners prepared by chef Thierry Voisin, from Dec. 21 to 25.

On Christmas Eve, following a decades-old tradition, the Waseda University Glee Club joins forces with the Keio University Wagner Society for two free concerts of Christmas carols and seasonal music, during which the public is invited to participate. The performances will be held from 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Other promotions, including accommodation plans, will also be available during the holiday season.

The Imperial Hotel Tokyo is a 3-minute walk from Hibiya Station (Chiyoda, Hibiya and Mita lines) and Uchisaiwaicho Station (Mita Line), or a 5-minute walk from Ginza Station (Ginza, Hibiya and Marunouchi lines) and Yurakucho Station (Keihin-Tohoku, Yamanote and Yurakucho lines). For more information, visit www.imperialhotel.co.jp .

Xmas in Hakone

The Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa in the Gora hot-springs area will celebrate the coming holiday season based on the theme “Homey & Tasty Christmas.”

Since October, the hotel’s signature fireplace has been welcoming and warming customers. Also, Christmas decorations themed on “a musical band in the woods” are displayed throughout the hotel, and visitors can play a game counting how many birds are singing in the hotel.

An accommodation plan, featuring an exclusive Christmas dinner course prepared by executive chef Yasuhiro Kanayama, who worked in Paris for 11 years, is available. Kanayama prepares six dishes through dessert with fresh seasonal products, including those harvested locally.

The plan is available until Dec. 25, from ¥67,500 for double occupancy, including tax, a service charge and breakfast.

The Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa is a 5-minute walk from Gora Station on the Hakone Tozan Line. Gora Station is 35 minutes from Hakone-Yumoto Station, which is 85 minutes from Shinjuku Station in Tokyo on the Odakyu Romancecar Limited Express. For more information or reservations, call 0120-123-420 or visit www.hakone.regency.hyatt.com .