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Celebrating Easter with chocolate; stepping out for spring

Celebrating Easter with chocolate

The Peninsula Tokyo’s popular pastry shop, The Peninsula Boutique & Café, offers a variety of colorful and seasonal pastries, desserts and other goodies prepared by the hotel’s executive pastry chef, Shigeru Nojima.

From March 24 to April 20 (Easter Sunday this year), the shop will offer a selection of chocolates to celebrate Easter.

Some of the most eye-catching ones are the Easter bunny chocolates. Made to look like a cute rabbit face, the chocolates are available in both bitter and white chocolate. They are available in two sizes, with the large one selling for ¥4,500 and a smaller, almond-chocolate filled one for ¥1,500.

Another stylish offering, the Peninsula Hat Easter Chocolate, will tickle customers’ eyes and mouths and makes an excellent gift. Shaped like the hotel’s iconic pageboy hats, each ceramic box contains three different types of Easter egg chocolates.

There are three sizes available, with the small box priced at ¥1,800, the medium at ¥3,000 and the large at ¥8,000.

All prices include tax, quantities are limited.

The Peninsula Tokyo is connected to Hibiya Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda and Hibiya lines and the Toei Mita Line, and is 3 minute’s walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Station or Yurakucho Station (JR, Tokyo Metro). For more information and reservations, call 03-6270-2717 or visit tokyo.peninsula.com .

Stepping out in spring

The Rihga Royal Hotel Osaka, located in the Nakanoshima area of Osaka, is embracing the start of spring with a bento lunch box, which is perfect for taking on a picnic. The bento is available at the hotel’s Gourmet Boutique Melissa through May 6.

Each three-tier box contains an assortment of hors d’oeuvres, such as green asparagus wrapped with smoked salmon, quiche with seasonal vegetables, watercress wrapped with roast beef, the hotel chef’s delicious fried chicken and more. The selected items go well with wine and the bento makes an excellent item to bring to a party or to take along for cherry blossom viewing.

The bento is made for four people and is available for ¥6,300 in March and from April, the price will increase to ¥6,480 in accordance with the tax increase.

Reservations are required at least three days in advance, and boxes must be picked up at the shop between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Only five orders will be taken each day and each will come with an original cooler bag.

The Rihga Royal Hotel Osaka is directly connected to Nakanoshima Station (Keihan Nakanoshima Line). There is also a shuttle bus from Osaka Station. For more information or reservations, call 06-6448-2412 or visit www.rihga.co.jp/osaka .