February 2015 Newsletter
|CASE STUDY: Reception in a traditional Japanese atmosphere - a sumo stadium|
During the Annual Conference of the International Bar Association (IBA) 2014 in Tokyo, many social events hosted by private law firms took place around the City, and one of the most unique and unforgettable experiences that the IBA delegates might have had was the networking party at the Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Stadium, located in the downtown area of Tokyo. A global law firm, White & Case chose the uniquely Japanese venue to entertain their distinguished guests and business partners.
A total of 984 guests enjoyed the reception held in the vast sumo stadium, where the sumo ring (dohyo), and the turret outside atop which drums are played during sumo competitions (yagura) as well as portraits of past tournament winners were displayed.
The guests were treated to 10 different varieties of sake as well as sushi made on the spot by five chefs. "Chanko-nabe," a traditional stew pot that sumo wrestlers usually have as regular meals, as well as "yakitori" grilled chicken were served at individual free-standing stalls called "yatai," a popular entertainment of a Japanese festival. Also, ample dishes were prepared for the vegetarian guests, accounting for 20% of the total cuisine.
To appreciate the history, culture, and the sport of sumo, the guests were taken on special scheduled "back-stage" tours of the Sumo Stadium as well as the Sumo Museum located within the venue. The popularity exceeded the host's expectations, with over 400 guests participating in the tour.
A local Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TCVB) partner, Into Japan Specialist Tours handled all the planning, preparation and operation to make this reception an extremely successful event.
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|A new luxury hotel arrives in the heart of Ginza|
Millennium Mitsui Garden Hotel Tokyo opened on the 17th December 2014.
The high-end 329-room hotel offers guests convenient access to major conference venues, such as the Tokyo International Forum, and sightseeing spots in central Tokyo.
The Millennium Mitsui Garden Hotel Tokyo is a Japanese-style space for visitors seeking the ultimate in luxury. The weaving exterior design has its overlaid elements passing under and over each other, while the interior is a private space reflecting an Asian minimalist style. Working with distinguished Japanese brands and enterprises well versed in traditional ways, the modern hotel showcases the essence of "Cool Japan." Sterling examples include the Mikimoto Cosmetics "Pearl Room" and HAKUZA "Gold-Leaf Room."
Some guest rooms even have views of the nearby classic Kabukiza Theatre -- reflecting how, in fashionable Ginza, Japanese tradition and contemporary Western chic coexist.
The hotel's restaurant, ALL-DAY DINING NiKO GINZA, prepares its cuisine using the freshest of seasonal vegetables and fish procured at the nearby famous marketplace -- served in a variety of tastes and culinary styles.
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