Raising the bar

The Tokyo Station Hotel, managed by Nippon Hotel Co., in March sent members of its staff to Singapore’s luxurious Raffles Hotel, in an effort to improve their level of service to meet global standards.

The Tokyo Station Hotel was established in 1915 and finished a complete restoration in 2012.

Housed in a nationally designated important cultural property, the hotel boasts nearly 100 years of history and is a popular place to stay.

The hotel is working to increase its popularity among foreigners and raise its level of hospitality in order to cater to executive-level visitors, whose number is predicted to increase as the government continues to promote tourism.

They selected Raffles Hotel for this program because the hotel has a rich historical and cultural background.

The staff will be staying in Singapore for one year, serving customers in the hotel and learning about top quality service during their stay.


Garden delight

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, to commemorate 12 years since its opening, is hosting its seventh annual flower event Flower Garden 2014, through April 20.

To mark the occasion, renowned flower artist Denmark-born Nicolai Bergmann, was invited to design a temporary garden under the theme of “Union ~Marriage~.”

Bergmann single-handedly planned the event, from its concept to flower selection and installation. The garden represents the biggest outdoor project that the artist has undertaken so far.

The simple yet dynamic garden is laid out across the large space between the red brick warehouses, uniting Japanese and European styles, the avant-garde design complimenting the historic buildings around it. True to its theme, the garden allows visitors to immerse themselves in the flower garden.

Bergmann’s “flower box” decorative boxes are available at the venue.

The garden is illuminated until midnight (closes at 4 p.m. on the last day,) creating a mystical atmosphere and offering a different experience from daytime viewing.

Admission is free.

new products

Mother’s Day special

Kogetsu, a kyogashi (Kyoto-style confectionery) company founded in Kyoto in 1945, has announced the release of a new variation of its trademark product, Senju Senbei, in celebration of its 50th year in production.

Named “Hime-Senju Senbei — Rose and White Chocolate Flavor,” the “senbei” cracker was created specifically for Mother’s Day.

It’s made by combining the powdered extract of “centifolia rose,” a flower well-known for its pleasant scent, with white chocolate, creating a light-pink cream that is mildly sweet.

Each package is decorated with blooming roses, which are typically used to symbolize the most important person in one’s life, and makes the perfect gift for this year’s Mother’s Day.

They will be available in stores from April 10 for a limited period of time.

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