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Westin marks 20 years in Tokyo

On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, the Westin Tokyo in Ebisu will hold a special charity event in the hotel’s iconic lobby on Oct. 14.

The hotel marks the its anniversary on the same day it opened in 1994. For this occasion day, a 20-meter-long chocolate anniversary cake will be prepared by the hotel’s executive pastry chef Kazuo Suzuki.

This 1000 serving cake represents the hotel’s 20-year history with each meter having a different chocolate flavor, from bitter to mild to a sweet chocolate good for children that may brighten their future.

For the cake-cutting itself, some customers who have been regulars at the hotel since it first opened and five staff members who have worked there for 20 years will join together to celebrate the moment.

At the event, the hotel will collect donations, with all proceeds being sent to the Hatachi Fund to support children affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

The Westin Tokyo is in Yebisu Garden Place and is seven minutes from Ebisu Station (Yamanote, Saikyo, Shonan-Shinjuku and Hibiya lines). For more information or reservations, call 03-5423-7000 or visit www.westin-tokyo.co.jp .

Unique accommodation offer

One of Yokohama’s most historic hotels, the Hotel New Grand across from Yamashita Park is celebrating the completion of the renovation of its main building, and is pleased to offer an accommodation plan for its iconic room the MacArthur Suite, from Oct. 6 to Nov. 30.

The MacArthur Suite on the third floor of the main building is named for the historic period when General MacArthur established his office during the wartime occupation of Japan. In the suite, the desk and chair that the general actually used at that time still remain.

The plan includes a cocktail for each guest at the hotel’s well-known bar Sea Guardian II, breakfast — a choice of a buffet at the hotel’s panoramic restaurant Le Normandie, a Japanese-style breakfast at the Yugyoan Tankuma restaurant or room service — and a late check-out at noon.

Customers can choose either the MacArthur Suite or a grand suite room in the main building.

The plan is available from Sunday to Thursday at ¥39,000 per person for double occupancy, including tax and service charge.

The Hotel New Grand in Yokohama is one minute from Motomachi-Chukagai Station on the Minatomirai Line. For more information or reservations, call 045-681-1841 or visit www.hotel-newgrand.co.jp .

Celebrating exquisite French cuisine

The Hotel New Otani Tokyo’s luxurious French restaurant, La Tour d’Argent, marks its 30th anniversary in Japan this year, and will offer an anniversary feast, “L’esprit du temps,” from Oct. 15 to Nov. 30.

Having offered the spirit of their over 400 year-long history from Paris, the exquisite restaurant will offer an anniversary menu to thank their customers in Tokyo.

The menu features three main items: recreation of the most popular menu item throughout the 30 years, a new creation by the executive chef Renaud Augier and the signature menu item of the flagship restaurant in Paris.

The most popular menu of the restaurant is “Mosaique de Saint-Jacques et legumes au caviar” (scallops with vegetables and caviar). Chef Renaud, who has worked at the restaurant in Paris, will introduce a retouched version of the restaurant’s legendary “Caneton Marco Polo au poivre vert” (roast duckling with green pepper).

It will be offered both at lunch and dinner, and lunch will be available from October 16 to November 16, from Thursday to Sunday. Closed on Mondays.

The Hotel New Otani Tokyo is 3 minutes from Tokyo Metro Nagatacho or Akasaka-Mitsuke stations. For more information or reservations, call 03-3239-3111 or visit www.newotani.co.jp/en/tokyo.

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