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Preferred Hotel’s loyalty program; Talking about digitization in education; Exhibition of Edo Period kimono stencils

NEW SERVICES

Hotel loyalty program

The Preferred Hotel Group has launched a new iPrefer, the first points-based customer loyalty program of its kind for a global collection of independent hotels.

The program rewards travelers with points on qualifying hotel stays that can be exchanged for Reward Certificates redeemable like cash toward expenditures at hundreds of participating properties across the Preferred Hotel Group family of brands. Effective immediately, iPrefer members will receive one point for every dollar spent on room reservations at participating hotels booked through eligible channels, which include iPrefer.com, Preferred Hotel Group distribution channels, GDS and hotel direct. Upon check-in, participating hotels will also extend a variety of complimentary benefits to iPrefer members based on their tier status, which is determined by points earned during a 12-month period.

iPrefer members will exchange their points for Reward Certificates in dollars, euros or pounds. Participating hotels will accept the Reward Certificates as currency for room reservations, and can elect to permit them as payment toward other on-property expenditures such as food, beverages and spa treatments. Reward certificates never expire and are transferable.

For more information, visit www.iPrefer.com .

SYMPOSIUMS

Digital education

A symposium on digitization in education will be held Nov. 8 and 9 in Tokyo.

Organized by the Goethe-Institute Tokyo and in cooperation with international experts, such as Gilly Salmon, a professor at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, and Wai Meng Chan, an associate professor and director of the Center for Language Studies, National University of Singapore, the two-day symposium titled “The Future of Learning: Digital Education” aims to analyze the influence that digitization has on learning and teaching in educational institutions.

The event will be held at the German Cultural Center (Goethe-Institute Tokyo) in Akasaka. The first day Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. is open to the public. Admission is free, but advanced registration is required at info@tokyo.goethe.org .

To participate in the second day (Nov. 9), contact the organizer at hillesheim@tokyo.goethe.org . For more details, call 03-3684-3201.

EXHIBITIONS

Edo kimono stencils

The Kioi Art Gallery at the Edo Kimono Katagami Museum in Tokyo’s Kioicho district marks its 10th anniversary this year and is holding the commemorative exhibition “Ise-Katagami and Edo Kimono,” through Dec. 15.

It is the only museum that specializes in Ise-katagami, a paper stencil used to dye patterns for kimono. Multiple layers of “washi” paper are bonded together with a glue extracted from persimmon to make the stencils. The patterns were reserved for samurai but later spread to other social classes in the Edo Period (1603-1867). The museum houses about 5,000 of the masterpieces in its collection.

From Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, a special anniversary event will be held. Five Ise-katagami masters — Masaaki Sasaki, Tetsuo Saka, Isao Uchida, Toshiaki Miyahara and Yoshio Kaneko — will be at the museum to create spectacular art from Suzuka, Ime Prefecture. Visitors can enjoy demonstrations of the marvelous technique, which has a history of more than 1,000 years.

The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last admission 5 p.m.), closed Monday and Wednesday. Admission is ¥1,000 per person.

For more information, visit kioi.jp .