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Guest chefs work to create unique artisanal dishes

The Peninsula Tokyo’s signature restaurant Peter will collaborate with four award-winning Japanese artisan chefs during a limited edition culinary series from August to November.

Each artisan chef will be at Peter for one weekend only, partnering with chef de cuisine Masateru Kiriyama to create lunch and dinner menus that feature specially sourced local ingredients — ranging from kaiseki traditional multicourse cuisine to French-Japan fusion cuisine. Kiriyama and the four guest chefs will each prepare a menu of seven courses, to be presented over two days each month between August and November, respectively. The price for both lunch and dinner is ¥47,000 per person, inclusive of beverages. For schedule and online booking, access tokyo.peninsula.com/en/special-offers/Peter-x-Artisan-Chefs-of-Japan.

Dishes will be served for the ultimate dining experience at The Seven Seas Aviation Lounge, an exclusive lounge showcasing 100 years of Japan’s aviation history, complete with one large table for communal seating, a sofa lounge, private restrooms and access to an outside balcony.

To fully enjoy this experience, a room package including accommodation in a deluxe room or executive suite with dinner and breakfast for two, is also available for ¥148,000 for the deluxe room and ¥190,000 for the executive suite.

The Peninsula Tokyo is connected to Hibiya Station. For reservations, please contact Peter via email on peterptk@peninsula.com or call 03-6270-2763.

Edo Period offers insights to keeping cool in summer

The Mandarin Oriental Gourmet Shop, located on the street level of the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, facing Chuo-dori in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward, will offer from July 6 through Sept. 24 two elegant and photogenic desserts — inspired by goldfish, a traditional summer motif in Japan — served in tiny fishbowl-like glasses.

One is Aquarium, a combination of yuzu citrus jelly and vanilla panna cotta (a dessert made with cream and gelatin) with muscat grapes resembling stones shining in water. The other is The Mandarin Oriental Tokyo mizu-yōkan (sweet adzuki bean jelly), with pink grapefruit jelly covering a layer of mizu-yōkan like a shallow waterfront. Both are priced at ¥700 without tax. Aquarium is also included in the “Summer” afternoon tea served at the Oriental Lounge on the 38th floor.

The Mandarin Oriental Gourmet Shop is one of more than 100 stores, bars and restaurants that offer goldfish-themed menus in the Nihonbashi area as part of the Goldfish Sweets and Bar Walk, a sticker rally included in the Eco Edo Nihonbashi 2018.

Eco Edo Nihonbashi 2018 is the summer-long festival consisting of a series of events that introduce creative and ecological ways of the Edo Period to keep cool and enjoy summer in the context of the modern lifestyle.

The Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo is adjacent to Mitsukoshimae and Shin-Nihonbashi stations. For more information and reservations, visit www.mandarinoriental.co.jp/tokyo or call 03-3270-8800.

Seaside comfort and omotenashi await

Kafuu Resort Fuchaku Condo Hotel, a luxurious four-star property in Onnason Fuchaku, Okinawa, has been known since its grand opening in 2010 for fun activities, great food, beautiful ocean views from all guest rooms and excellent customer service through omotenashi Japanese hospitality. It is the perfect destination for families, groups of friends, as well as couples, and the majority of guests stay three nights or longer.

To this end, the hotel offers a package plan that is perfect for families and groups of friends to enjoy Okinawa together. The plan includes a stay in an ocean view annex suite that accommodates two to four guests, with one dinner to be chosen during the three-night stay that features a daily buffet breakfast.

This family and friends summer vacation plan starts from ¥9,000, and is available until Oct. 31.

The spacious rooms are comfortably well-equipped and air-conditioned. A variety of items such as baby-bouncers, bed guards, PS3 game consoles and child-sized bathrobes and slippers are available for younger guests.

Kafuu Resort Fuchaku Condo Hotel is located about 90 minutes by car from Naha Airport. For more information or reservations, access https://www.kafuu-okinawa.jp/ or call 098-964-7000.