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Jazzing up the night; traditional dining at its finest; easing into spring

Jazzing up the night

Right in the heart of Roppongi, there is a live jazz performance held in a sophisticated atmosphere with a stunning night view from the 36th floor of the ANA InterContinental Tokyo.

On Tuesday evenings in April, the hotel’s MIXX Bar & Lounge is holding live jazz performances that feature Bata drums. These drums originated in West Africa and are commonly used for religious purposes in Cuba.

Led by the percussionist Yoshifumi Goto, the Afro-Cuban jazz band “Jazz Bata” will perform three times a night from 7:30 p.m. to 10:10 p.m. The contemporary jazz is mixed with rhythmic Latin percussion, offering guests a soulful evening. To complement the music, a special plate of assorted dishes, including seafood jambalaya and home-made beef jerky with citrus sour cream, called the Jazzy Platter is available for ¥3,800. There are seven other a la carte dishes available and nine original cocktails are available for ¥1,500 each. There is no music charge.

The ANA InterContinental Tokyo is five minute’s walk from Tameike-Sanno Station on the Ginza and Nanboku lines. For more information or reservations, call 03-3505-1185 or visit www.anaintercontinental-tokyo.jp.

Traditional dining at its finest

The Royal Park Hotel’s authentic Japanese restaurant Genjikoh is embracing spring and through April, is offering a seasonal kaiseki traditional Japanese cuisine course.

From appetizers to dessert, the set menu includes eight courses such as tuna and sea bream sashimi with steamed rice and bamboo shoots.

In the restaurant’s tranquil setting, customers can enjoy genuine Japanese cuisine made with delicious seasonal products while taking in the serene view of the traditional Japanese garden out the windows. The course is available for both lunch and dinner and is ¥16,200 per person, including tax but excluding service charge.

The Nihonbashi area once enjoyed being the most flourishing area in downtown Tokyo since the Edo Period (1603-1867) and many historic aspects remain today.

To rejuvenate and bring back the bustle of this historic area, the neighborhood has recently been undergoing a revitalization project and is one of the hottest areas in Tokyo.

The Royal Park Hotel is connected to Suitengumae Station (Hanzomon Line). For more information, call 03-3667-1111 or visit www.rph.co.jp/english.

Easing into spring

The Hyatt Regency Tokyo in Shinjuku is offering a spa package for women to heal them and help them get a good start on the new season.

In spring, the temperature tends to fluctuate between pleasantly warm and chilly and the weather changes quickly as the wind blows pollen about. It’s not easy for people to mentally and physically adjust to the new season.

The hotel’s Joule Spa & Wellness is offering a package called “Spring Beauty Spa Package” through June 30. With the package, customers can have the exclusive body or facial treatment to recharge while enjoying panoramic views of Shinjuku skyscrapers or Mount Fuji.

Customers are able to use the fitness and pool facilities before and after treatment.

In addition to the treatment, the package includes lunch at the hotel’s restaurant Café, available from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The lunch can be enjoyed on a different day than the spa treatment (within two weeks).

The package is available at ¥20,000 per person, including tax and service charge.

The Hyatt Regency Tokyo is connected to Tochomae Station (Oedo Line), and is nine minute’s walk from Shinjuku Station (various lines). For more information and reservations, call 03-3348-1234.