Chandelier cleaning

The Hyatt Regency Tokyo in the Shinjuku district is cleaning its three chandeliers in the hotel’s atrium lobby. The cleaning, which runs until Aug. 19, can be viewed by the public so people can see the extensive and unusual maintenance work required for such large yet delicate objects.

The chandeliers have been one of the hotel’s symbols for their dynamic and luxurious impact ever since the hotel opened in 1980. Containing 115,000 Swarovski crystal beads and 185 light bulbs, the 8-meter-high, 2-ton chandeliers are suspended 28 meters above the spacious lobby.

The cleaning is done once every three years, and this summer the hotel lets people observe the work by opening some observation windows in the protective wall surrounding the work area. The entire cleaning process, including dusting, wiping and polishing, is done by hand. On the wall, panels will show a history of the chandeliers.

Until Aug. 16, a vehicle that allows access to high places called the “spider,” which is the only one in Japan, will be on view. From Aug. 17 to 19, cleaning of the beads will be done. Cleaning is performed daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., though the schedule may change without notice.

For more information, call the hotel at 03-3348-1234.


Yokohama conventions

Yokohama has been chosen as the host city for the 12th International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society Congress (ISRS) in 2015 and the Asian-Pacific Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (A-PHPBA) Regional Congress in 2017, in the latest reflection of the port city’s appealing qualities as the nation’s center of innovation and research.

Fighting off competition from Hong Kong, Yokohama won the ISRS 2015 bid thanks to Japan’s strategic plan for maximizing attendance for the congress, as well as the nation’s working knowledge in dealing with the dangers of radiation and nuclear plants acquired through its recovery from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster, according to Dr. Motohiro Hayashi at Tokyo Women’s Medical University.

Home to the RIKEN Yokohama Institute, Yokohama’s waterfront boasts one of the world’s leading centers for regenerative medicines and other life science fields. It has been designated by the government as a “Comprehensive International Strategic Zone for the Life Sciences.”

Accessible from both Haneda and Narita airports, which handle over 1,500 direct flights a week from 40 countries, Yokohama is known for its success in attracting large attendances to its conventions.

For more information, visit www.welcome.city.yokohama.jp/eng/convention .

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