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Cool and delicious summer treats; fireworks and festival fun in Osaka; chilled pastries perfect for summer

Cool and delicious summer treats

The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo welcomes the coming of summer and will offer unique shaved ice desserts at its 26th floor restaurant, The Dining Room, from July 1 to September 15.

For its afternoon summer tea set, five kinds of specialty shaved ice treats, including berries, peach, tropical, matcha green tea and a special caviar one are carefully prepared by the hotel’s pastry chef.

The afternoon tea set includes one shaved ice dessert, snacks and coffee or tea. It is available during tea time from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The special caviar one is offered until 9:30 p.m. and after 5:30 p.m., a glass of champagne will be served in lieu of tea or coffee.

During bar hours, from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., three kinds of exclusive original shaved ice cocktails will be available. These cocktails, poured over shaved ice are particularly refreshing and enjoyable.

The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo is one minute from the Konan Exit of Shinagawa Station (various lines). For more information, call 03-5783-1258.

Fireworks and festival fun in Osaka

As a member of the Osaka community, the Imperial Hotel, Osaka is helping to celebrate the Tenjin Matsuri, one of the area’s biggest annual festivals, and is pleased to be offering an accommodation plan for July 25.

The Tenjin Matsuri is one of the three great festivals of Japan and arguably the world’s greatest boat festival. During the festival, traditional Japanese performing arts such as kagura music and bunraku performances take place in all areas of the city, filling the entire metropolis with a festive mood.

The accommodation plan provides customers one of the hotel’s luxurious rooms to in which to relax during the festival and offers an exclusive dinner at the hotel restaurant of their choice. The hotel is located on the Okawa River and customers can enjoy a fantastic view of the fireworks as well as the boats from the tranquility of their hotel room.

The plan is available from ¥146,000 per double-occupancy room and includes dinner, breakfast, tax and service charge.

The Imperial Hotel, Osaka is five minutes from JR Sakuranomiya Station (complimentary shuttle bus available from JR Osaka Station). For more information, call 06-6881-4100 or visit www.imperialhotel.co.jp/j/osaka .

Chilled pastries perfect for summer

The Hyatt Regency Tokyo in Shinjuku is offerizng chilled desserts at its second-floor lobby pastry shop through August.

The hotel’s pastry shop is very popular for its exclusive sweet creations, which are prepared by the hotel’s executive pastry chef Hirokazu Sato, a two-time winner of competitions in France who has studied with Sadaharu Aoki, who has his namesake patisserie in Paris.

Adding to the various treats on offer, four new desserts have been added just for summer. They are savarin agrumes (citrus), panna cotta peche (peach), mango pudding and mango roll cake and they are available from ¥594 including tax.

Made with fresh fruit, these colorful delicacies can be chilled before eating, making them ideal as a snack for cooling down.

The Hyatt Regency Tokyo is connected to Tochomae Station on the Toei Oedo Line, four minutes from Tokyo Metro Nishi-Shinjuku Station and nine minutes from Shinjuku Station. For more information and reservations, call (03) 3348-1234.