White Day dinners with Champagne

While women traditionally give chocolates to men on Valentine’s Day in Japan, men are expected to return the favor a month later on White Day. For the occasion, the Kobe Bay Sheraton Hotel and Towers is offering special White Day dinner plans at some of its restaurants, through March 14.

The Kobe Grill and Chinese restaurant Suikyo-en are each offering a special White Day dinner course for two, and the terrace restaurant Garden Cafe has a special dinner buffet. All of these plans come with a 750-ml bottle of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Cuvee Brut, the so-called movie Champagne famous for being Marilyn Monroe’s favorite.

Those who order any of the White Day plans will also receive a pair of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne glasses and a Champagne stopper as special gifts.

At the Kobe Grill, the dinner plan is available at ¥22,000 for two; at Suikyo-en it is available at ¥20,000 for two; and the Garden Cafe’s buffet is available at ¥15,000 for two on weekdays and at ¥16,800 for two on weekends and holidays.

The prices include tax and a service charge.

The Kobe Bay Sheraton Hotel and Towers is a 1-minute walk from Island Center Station on the Rokko Liner. For more information and reservations, visit

St. Patrick’s celebration in Osaka

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), the Ramada Osaka will hold a special event March 16 at its banquet hall on the second floor.

In cooperation with sponsors such as Kirin Brewery Co. and the Tourism Authority of Ireland, guests can enjoy all-you-can-drink Guinness and other beers, Irish whiskey, wine and soft drinks at the event.

Also, performances of Irish music by Fairy Dance and led by hatao, a Celtic whistle musician, and Irish dance by J-CLIC will be held.

Ten kinds of food will be available at ¥500 each. Guests are requested to dress in green or wear a green item.

The event will be held at the hotel from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is ¥4,000 per person including tax, a service charge, drinks and a chicken potpie.

The Ramada Hotel Osaka is connected to Nakatsu Station on the Osaka Subway Midosuji Line. For more information or reservations, call (06) 6375-4998. Ticket are available at ticket agencies CN Playguide and PIA.

Fresh-made tofu breakfast in Hakone

The Odakyu Hotel Hatsuhana in Hakone Okuyumoto, Kanagawa Prefecture, is offering an accommodation plan that comes with a new menu featuring the hotel’s original tofu dish for its Japanese breakfast through May 31.

The hotel serves meals made using the freshest seasonal ingredients. Choice selections of seafood and produce, together with the art of the chefs, bring out the natural flavors.

The new tofu dish is made with spring water drawn by the hotel. The tofu will be made in front of the guests as soon as they are seated. After 10 minutes, the soy milk that was in a pot in front of them will become hot, fresh, tasty tofu.

The plan is available from ¥27,150 per person, including dinner, breakfast, tax and miscellaneous charges. The tofu breakfast will be served for all room types.

The Odakyu Hotel Hatsuhana is a 10-minute bus ride from Hakone-Yumoto Station. For more information or reservations, call (0460) 85-7321 or visit

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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