Contest seeks your best shot of Tokyo

The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo is holding a photo contest titled “My Tokyo.”

With the 2020 Olympic Games, a recovering economy and the celebration of Japanese food culture, there are many reasons Tokyo remains one of the most significant cities on Earth.

To introduce this interesting city to the world, the hotel is putting on the contest and welcomes participants to share an image of the alluring city of Tokyo with people all over the world.

Participants simply have to submit an original photo of their favorite interpretation of the Tokyo experience along with a brief description.

If selected by a panel of acclaimed judges: Kazuaki Kiriya, Rowland Kirishima and Sisyu, participants can win a variety of luxurious prizes. First prize will be five nights in the hotel’s presidential suite, as well as with a pair of round-trip business class tickets from Cathay Pacific Airways and ¥100,000 in Takashimaya shopping vouchers. Five winners will be selected from the domestic and international categories in total.

The submission deadline is Sept. 15.

The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo is two minutes from the Nihonbashi Exit of Tokyo Station (various lines). For more information, visit www.shangri-la.jp/mytokyo .

Hard Rock brings global burgers

One of the most popular American-themed restaurants, the Hard Rock Cafe, is holding a summer “World Hamburger Tour” campaign at six of its outlets in Japan, though Sept. 30.

Each of the 140 Hard Rock Cafes in 55 countries around the world has its own original burger called “Local Legendary Burgers,” which are served only at that restaurant and therefore can only be enjoyed by those visiting that particular restaurant.

From July to September, 18 Local Legendary Burgers from 12 countries are available at Hard Rock Cafes in Japan: Tokyo (Roppongi), Ueno, Yokohama, Osaka, Universal Citywalk Osaka and Fukuoka. One of the unique burgers is offered at one of the locations for a month and from August, the second set of six burgers are available.

Burgers from London, Rome, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Orlando and Honolulu are available at each restaurant respectively.

From September, the final six burgers from New York, Nabq (Egypt), San Diego, Bangkok, Singapore and Caracas will be lined up.

Customers who order one of the campaign burgers will receive a stamp card and special gifts will be available depending on the number of stamps collected.

For more information, call each restaurant or visit www.hardrockjapan.com .

Art and pleasing the palate

Looking to join part of the program to support this year’s Yokohama Triennale, the InterContinental Yokohama Grand is holding an artistic promotion in collaboration with the Sezon Museum of Modern Art in Nagano Prefeture.

In the hotel lobby, a large-scale installation piece “colorful stars in the white heavens II” by up-and-coming modern artist Momoyo Iijima, will be on display, from Aug. 9 to Oct. 11.

Also, through Nov. 3, two of the hotel’s restaurants will be offering desserts in collaboration with Ryoko Kume. At the lounge and bar Marine Blue, a colorful afternoon tea set called Garden is offered from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for ¥2,270.

At the The Patisserie pastry shop, a sweet treat called Bloom is available at ¥540. Fruit flavors such as raspberries and mango are combined with champagne jelly to provide a refreshing experience.

Prices include tax and service charge.

The InterContinental Yokohama Grand is two minutes from Minatomirai Station (Minatomirai Line) or a 10 minutes from Sakuragicho Station (Blue, Keihin-Tohoku, Negishi and Yokohama lines). For more information or preorders, call 045-223-2222 or visit www.interconti.co.jp/yokohama .

In line with COVID-19 guidelines, the government is strongly requesting that residents and visitors exercise caution if they choose to visit bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.

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