‘Eho-maki’ fair

In preparation for the Setsubun festival on Feb. 3, the shopping facilities in Tokyo Station: Gransta, Gransta Dining and Central Street will hold a special fair featuring “eho-maki” sushi rolls and roll cakes between Jan. 23 and Feb. 3.

Setsubun, which literally means the day between two seasons, is a festival celebrating the end of winter. In addition to throwing roasted soybeans to drive demons out of their homes, people usually eat special eho-maki sushi rolls, which are larger than normal rolls, and are made from seasonal ingredients such as crab.

Traditionally, people should eat them in silence while facing that year’s lucky direction, which this year is east-northeast.

Each store will offer the rolls and at confectionery stores, unique roll cakes will be offered. One of the nation’s most venerable fruit stores, Sembikiya, will offer a special fruit roll cake, which looks like a sushi roll. The dish is made with fresh fruit and whipped cream rolled in chocolate sponge cake.

On Feb. 3, some shops, including sushi shop Tsukiji Takewaka and boxed lunch shop Asakusa Imahan, will offer special sushi rolls made with various fresh seafood or succulent Japanese black beef.

For more information, call (03) 5299-2211 or visit www.gransta.jp .


EU Gateway Programme

Some 40 environmental and energy-related EU companies will showcase their technologies and products in Tokyo on Feb. 4 and 5 at the Kiku Room on the fourth floor of the Hilton Tokyo in Shinjuku, under the umbrella of the EU Gateway Programme.

The program is funded and managed by the European Union and supports EU companies in developing business cooperation with their Japanese counterparts.

The participants from the EU Member States will spend a week in Japan, where they will be briefed on the local Japanese market, visit sites of business interest, meet with industry representatives, participate in networking and business meetings and partake in a two-day business exhibition.

Visitors to the business exhibition will be able to meet and talk directly with representatives of the European companies and see sample products and technologies.

A wide range of innovative products and technologies will be on display in such fields as energy conservation- and renewable energy-related products and technologies, including wind turbines, photovoltaic installations, water treatment, biomass, monitoring, measurement systems and waste management technologies.

Admission is free for the exhibition, but prior registration is necessary.

For more information, visit www.eu-gateway.jp .

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