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Okura charity art exhibition turns 20; ‘anti-aging’ Swiss skin treatments; mango mania

Shoen Uemura
Shoen Uemura ‘Shunyo’ (1936) | MATSUOKA MUSEUM OF ART

Okura charity art exhibition turns 20

Taikan Yokoyama
Taikan Yokoyama ‘Cherry Blossoms at Night’ (left screen, 1929) | OKURA MUSEUM OF ART

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of its annual summer charity art exhibition this year, the Hotel Okura Tokyo will hold a special exhibition “The Pursuit of Japanese Beauty,” in the hotel’s Ascot Hall on the second basement level of the South Wing, from Aug. 8 to 31.

The exhibition will be hosted by the Corporate Cultural Exchange Committee to show a variety of paintings. As many of the pieces are owned by companies, organizations and individuals, this is a rare opportunity to see paintings that usually cannot be viewed by the public. It will donate all profits to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

The exhibition features about 80 premium paintings dating from the Edo Period to modern day by popular artists such as Taikan Yokoyama, focusing on the various depictions of landscapes and people throughout the four seasons in Japan. The collection is designed to inspire a rediscovery of what Japanese people consider to be beautiful and how this is expressed through art.

It will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (from noon on Aug. 8) and tickets are ¥1,200 for adults, ¥1,000 for students and free for those in junior high school or below. Packages consisting of a ticket to the exhibit and a lunch set at the hotel’s restaurants will be available at ¥4,000 and ¥6,000.

The Hotel Okura Tokyo is 10 minutes from Toranomon, Kamiyacho, Tameike-sanno and Roppongi-itchome stations. For more information, call 03-3505-6110 or visit www.hotelokura.co.jp/tokyo .

‘Anti-aging’ Swiss skin treatments

In cooperation with Valmont, one of the most exclusive skin care brands in Switzerland, the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi is currently running an exclusive spa treatment plan.

Valmont enjoys a positive worldwide reputation among skin care brands for its sophisticated products that are said to work toward anti-aging.

The hotel is offering facial and body treatments by Valmont. There are two treatment options, a 60-minute facial option or the 90-minute course, which features both the facial treatment called “Vitality of the Glaciers” and the body treatment, the “Peaks of Slimness.”

The 60-minute facial focuses on the eyes using Valmont’s products to work on winkles and bags under the eyes.

The facial treatment is available from ¥30,000, while the body treatment is from ¥27,000 excluding tax and a 15% service charge.

The Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi is three minutes from the Yaesu South Exit of Tokyo Station (various lines), or from Kyobashi Station (Ginza Line). For more information or reservations, call 03-5222-7222.

Mango mania

The Grand Hyatt Fukuoka in Canal City Hakata is celebrating this steamy season with a summer dessert buffet bursting with mango at its first floor Aroma’s restaurant, through August 28.

For the first time in four years, the hotel’s popular dessert buffet is coming back every Wednesday and Thursday (except August 13 and 14) from 3:30 p.m. 5 p.m. (L.O., 4:45 p.m.)

A selection of 13 different kinds of desserts, including pancakes, mousse cakes and jellies flavored with delicious mango are lined up to delight diners’ palates. The main attraction are the crepes Suzette, which are prepared right in front of customers.

In addition to the desserts, light snacks, including tuna sandwiches, vegetable cream soup and chips are offered to keep the tastes interesting for customers.

The buffet is available at ¥2,000 per adult and ¥800 per child aged from six to 12 years. Prices include service charge, but are subject to tax. Reservations are required.

The Grand Hyatt Fukuoka is connected to Canal City Hakata, 10 minutes from JR Hakata Station and 15 minutes from Nishitetsu Fukuoka Tenjin Station. For more information, call 092-282-2803 or visit www.grandhyattfukuoka.com .

  • Chandrakant Kulkarni

    Mango mania? ..Mango is to be enjoyed with your hands & mouth alone – as we practice in India. Here, we put a variety of mangoes ( of course well-washed + cleaned etc.) in front of you in our Mango Festival. You have to select the ‘best’ fruit yourself. Then you press it gently – remove that ‘stem spot’ over it – put its top portion in your mouth – start pressing it harder till the tasty mango juice ‘squirts’ into your mouth! Every mango you eat is distinctly different in taste than another. You have to grab the juicy seed (‘Koy’ or ‘Guthali’ in our language) firmly in your right hand – press it under your fingers – and lick the juice that gathers in between your fingers with your tongue.
    I remember my childhood days – when my dad used to buy a whole basket containing around 4 dozen (48) mangoes, and put it in front of us (=2 sons & 2 daughters). We used to ‘finish’ all 48 mangoes very comfortably – and proceed to our games outside the house.
    All of us would have been ‘hungry’ again ..and we proceeded to some other relative’s house for more mangoes!