Dining by firefly light at Chinzan-so

Dining by firefly light at Chinzan-so

From late May to late July as night falls, fireflies light up the historical Japanese garden of the Chinzan-so restaurant complex in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo. To coincide with their appearance, from May 24 through July 18, the annual firefly-viewing fair, featuring special lunch and dinner menus, will be held.

A two-hour dinner buffet at the Chinzan-so banquet rooms will feature Japanese and Western dishes, with unlimited beer, wine, whiskey, shochu and soft drinks. The buffet starts at 7 p.m. and costs ¥9,000 for adults, ¥4,000 for elementary school students and ¥2,000 for children over 3 years old on weekdays, and ¥10,000, ¥4,000 and ¥2,000 on weekends and holidays. People over age 60 will get a ¥1,000 discount, and those wearing yukata will receive an original gift to go with their summer kimono. Prices include tax and service.

At the Kinsui traditional Japanese restaurant, a “firefly kaiseki” will be available between 11:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. for ¥21,000. Mokushundo, a Japanese-style barbecue restaurant deep in the garden’s tranquil greenery, will serve a stone-grilled kaiseki course with seasonal ingredients, beef, seafood and vegetables. There will be three special courses for the fair: ¥11,550 (lunch only), ¥13,000 and ¥15,750. Lunch is between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., and dinner between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Service and room charges will be added.

Chinzan-so is a 10-minute walk from Edogawabashi Station on the Yurakucho Subway Line. For more information or reservations, call (03) 3943-1140 for the buffet, or (03) 3943-1101 for the restaurants.

California flavors in Yokohama

The Pan Pacific Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu is holding a “California Scenes” dinner fair at its Cafe Tosca Mediterranean restaurant.

In a resortlike atmosphere bathed in sunlight and under palm trees, Cafe Tosca’s popular “Action Stage” chef’s corner is decked out like Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, and fresh seafood is prepared and cooked in front of the diners.

Among the menu selections are barbecued brochette grilled just the way you like it, the restaurant’s popular hearth-baked pizza, California rolls from Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, Chinese chicken salad from San Francisco’s China Town, etc. And to drink, there’s wine from Beringer Vineyards of California’s Napa Valley.

There are live music performances every night to add to the relaxing, laid-back California mood. On June 14 (Sat.), a special live show and prize lottery are planned.

The fair runs through June 30, between 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Prices are ¥4,700 on weekdays and ¥5,600 on Sat., Sun. and holidays for adults, and ¥2,800 for children (age 6 to 12).

The hotel is a one-minute walk from Minato-Mirai Station. For more information, call (045) 682-2218.

In line with the nationwide state of emergency declared on April 16, the government is strongly requesting that residents stay at home whenever possible and refrain from visiting bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.
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