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Tranquil garden wedding; enjoying the good life in Ginza; exclusive dining at The Shangri-La

Tranquil garden wedding

In commemoration of its 20th anniversary, the Westin Tokyo in Ebisu has launched a unique wedding plan, allowing guests to take full of advantage of its beautiful garden.

The hotel’s European-themed The Westin Garden, which recently marked its first anniversary, contains more than 300 kinds of flowers and trees, and people can enjoy the changing of the seasons, the sounds of a rushing creek and bird songs.

In this oasis in the middle of downtown Tokyo, couples can hold their wedding ceremonies under beautiful sunny skies.

Amid the tranquil sounds and refreshing scents of the woods, a bride can walk down the grass aisle as a flute and hymns celebrate the couple’s union.

Couples can choose from a non-religious or a Christian-style ceremony.

Taking full advantage of its location and stand-alone property, the hotel offers horse-drawn carriage rides around Ebisu to newlywed couples.

The Westin Tokyo is in Yebisu Garden Place and is seven minutes from Ebisu Station (Yamanote, Saikyo, Shonan-Shinjuku, Hibiya lines). For more information or reservations, call 03-5423-7000 or visit www.westin-tokyo.co.jp .

Enjoying the good life in Ginza

On April 26, the Armani / Ristorante in Ginza will hold a unique party called “Bubbles & Pearls,” to offer customers a graceful Saturday afternoon sipping champagne (bubbles) and nibbling caviar (pearls) in the midst of Ginza.

The high-end Italian restaurant is on the 10th floor of the Armani / Ginza Tower, an iconic Ginza building, and offers authentic Italian dishes and refined service in a calm and sophisticated atmosphere.

Featuring a champagne ambassador, the event will provide customers a portion of caviar, an assortment of the restaurant’s authentic appetizers and two hours of unlimited Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut champagne.

Admission is ¥10,000 per person including tax and service charge. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the party runs from 5 p.m. through 7 p.m.

Advanced reservations are required and the party is available to a maximum of 40 people.

The Armani / Ristorante is one minute from Tokyo Metro Ginza Station. (various lines) For more information, call 03-6274-7005 or visit www.armani-ristorante.jp

Exclusive dining at The Shangri-La

The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo welcomes the multi-starred Michelin chef Gary Rhodes for a series of culinary events called “Rhodes Across Tokyo at Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo” from April 21 to 25.

A recipient of a total of six Michelin stars at his restaurants, Rhodes has enjoyed 10 consecutive years of Michelin-star recognition at his own “Rhodes Twenty Four” restaurant in London.

Fine ingredients are at the heart of Rhodes’ culinary delights. While staying true to his British roots, Rhodes will create a marriage of British classics and continental specialties.

Rhodes will present a variety of dishes throughout the hotel, ranging from ¥4,800. The chef will tackle afternoon tea at The Lobby Lounge, while on April 22, he will prepare an exclusive one-time-only lunch course at the hotel’s signature Italian restaurant, Piacere. On April 23 and 24, Rhodes will present his delicious dinner creations at Piacere. On April 25, the final day of his culinary tour, Rhodes will present a Gala Dinner in the Shangri-La Ballroom on the 27th floor.

The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo is two minutes from the Nihonbashi Exit of Tokyo Station (various lines). For more information and reservations, call 03-6739-7888 or visit www.shangri-la.com/tokyo/shangrila/dining.