EIC EXPRESS Vol. 55 (Summer 2014)

Online Benefits
If you do not need the print version of EIC Express, please visit http://www.keioplaza.com/eic/express.html for registration. Those who register will be notified of new issues via e-mail. This measure is part of the hotel's effort to decrease paper waste and stay as environmentally friendly as possible. The Keio Plaza will give a 500-point bonus to those who choose to register.
The Splendor of Arita/Imari Porcelain
Exhibition 1 Arita/Imari porcelain is renowned for their smooth white surfaces, sumptuous use of color, and extraordinarily fine detailing. Since their origins in western Japan's Saga Prefecture in the early 17th century, they have been highly esteemed in Japan and abroad, and they have had immense influence on Western ceramics such as Meissen porcelain.
Antique Imari This year, from July 1st to July 31st, the Keio Plaza Hotel held its 34th "Summer Festival of Arita/ Imari Porcelains," which allowed visitors to experience the charms of these unique craftworks. This year's festival was organized around the theme of "early Imari cherished in Europe." A special exhibition co-sponsored with the prefectural government of Saga served as a precursor to the 400th anniversary of the birth of Arita-yaki in 2016. The event featured a decorative exhibition based on the blueprint for a "Japanese Palace" conceived by Augustus the Strong, an Elector of Saxony. Augustus, who launched the Meissen porcelain school, wished to build a palace in order to accom- modate his own collection of Asian porcelain works. Although it never materialized, visitors to the Keio Plaza Hotel this July were able to share in Augustus's unique and fascinating vision.
Exhibition 2 Other features included displays of antique ceramics, panels explaining the history of Arita-yaki and Imari-yaki, an exhibition and sale of superb works by highly regarded artisans, a charity auction of ceramics painted by celebrities, and a talk show exploring the attractiveness of the early Imari style with a luncheon by the hotel's executive chef, while eleven hotel restaurants and bars offered special food and drink in Arita and Imari ware.
Special food Serving guests from more than one hundred countries, the Keio Plaza Hotel is pleased to be able to showcase Japan's proud cultural heritage, which it will continue to do through a variety of cultural events.


Keio Plaza Hotel Bartender Racks up Another Award
HavanaranjaEach evening at the Keio Plaza Hotel's bars, guests can sample the exquisite creations of some of Tokyo's top bartenders, many of whom have been honored with awards from Japan and around the world. The latest victory goes to Katsuya Takano, Manager of Sky Bar Polestar, who triumphed on March 6th this year at the Havana Club Cocktail Contest 2014 hosted by the Cuban Embassy in Japan. This contest is held every other year and focuses on new cocktails based on "Havana Club," a rum produced in Cuba and distributed by Pernod Ricard Japan.
The judges were deeply impressed with Takano's one-of-a-kind "Havanaranja" cocktail, which brings together the tender flavors of "Havana Club 7 Years" and the freshness of orange flesh. The drink takes its name from the city of Havana and the word naranja, which means "orange" in Spanish.
TakanoTakano has won accolades in many competitions around the world—he garnered the highest spot in the long cocktail division of the Beefeater International Cocktail Competition, and the grand prix in the 22nd HBA Cocktail Competition, to give just two examples. In June this year, Takano also appeared on stage at the international Havana Club Cocktail Grand Prix 2014, where he represented Japan and made it to the competition's finals.
Four of the Keio Plaza Hotel's bars and lounges, including Polestar, now offer the Havanaranja, allowing guests to savor the award-winning medley of opulent fragrances, elegant tastes, and fresh oranges. Be sure to try this brand-new cocktail, which is an excellent addition to the familiar lineup of Cuban favorites such as daiquiris and mojitos.


Bringing the Mountain to the Hotel
Mt. FujiFor the second year in a row, this June the Keio Plaza Hotel held an event to celebrate the enchantment of Mt. Fuji, a registered World Cultural Heritage site and a perennial symbol of Japan.
The event brought a colorful variety of paintings and drawings of the mountain to different places in the hotel—Japanese-style paintings, ink-wash color paintings, miniatures crafted with Japanese paper, oil paintings, and other forms of expression. The hotel's Art Lobby exhibited scrolls and fans featuring waka or haiku poems. Also on display were superb photographic artworks that had been honored with Mt. Fuji Photo Grand Prix awards. There was a talk on how the graceful mountain has inspired numerous classical waka poets to write about it, and attendees were served a special dish.
SweetsIn addition, the Food Boutique and four hotel restaurants offered foods featuring ingredients from Shizuoka and Yamanashi, the prefectures that are home to the mountain. Offerings included sweets in the shape of Mt. Fuji. All in all, the event gave guests different perspectives on the many facets of Mt. Fuji, truly a "mountain of arts and culture."
Exhibition


A Tranquil Escape from the Summer Heat
SkyIt can be hard to believe you are in the middle of one of the world's most densely populated cities when lounging next to gently rippling water, surrounded by lush greenery under a vast blue sky. This refreshing sense of tranquility and openness is available to guests at the Keio Plaza Hotel's Sky Pool, one of the few outdoor swimming pools in central Tokyo. Always popular, the Sky Pool is open once again this summer until September 15th.
The 17.0 m by 9.0 m main pool and the circle pool for children are open from 9:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. A number of discounts are available, with 70% off the regular admission fee after 5:00 P.M., and 50% discounts (plus a small gift) on Tuesday for women. Another plan combines Sky Pool access with a meal at an on-site restaurant.
Sky Pool 2 Sky Pool provides large towels free of charge and rental swimsuits is available, so guests can easily make use of the facilities at any time. A green oasis tucked away in a forest of skyscrapers, Sky Pool is one of the best urban escapes for relaxing under the summer sun.

Sky Pool (7th floor roof terrace of the Main Tower)
Open until September 15th, 2014
Business hours: 9:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. (Entrance until 7:30 P.M.)
Women's locker room: 5 shower booths, free lockers, women's restroom, and powder room
Men's locker room: 3 shower booths, free lockers, and men's restroom
*Each locker room is equipped with shampoos, body soap, and hair dryers.

Series: Scenes from Japanese Society
Volume 34: Vending Machines—Everything and Everywhere
Vending Machine 1 Among the more conspicuous features of Japan's urban landscapes, vending machines are often a source of surprise and delight for visitors from abroad. Soft drinks, snacks, noodles, pastries, liquor, and cigarettes are among the more frequent items seen in vending machines, but the list goes on and on—newspapers, magazines, flower bouquets, traditional Japanese foods, and even toys and souvenirs.
Vending Machine 2 In a major Japanese city, it is not uncommon to find beverage vending machines every 50 m along a street, and they are familiar fixtures in railroad stations, parks, stadiums, and other leisure facilities. They offer a great variety of both cold and hot drinks, and provide a welcome chance for the thirsty pedestrian to take a short break. Some machines feature roulette-like wheel devices, which grant lucky consumers another bottle or can for free. Recently, more advanced models have touch screens and may even make recommendations based on the ambient temperature, your gender or age, or other factors. Like much in Japan, there is often more to vending machines than meets the eye.


Korean Dining, Brand-name Meat, and Keio Plaza Hospitality:
Korean Dining Gokoku-Tei
(2nd floor, South Tower)
Business Hours:
Lunch:
11:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. (Orders welcomed until 2:30 P.M.)
Dinner:
5:30 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. (Orders welcomed until 9:30 P.M.)
No. of seats: 124 seats and 4 separate rooms
*Advance reservation is recommended.
MatsudaAs the first-ever Korean restaurant directly run by a hotel in Tokyo, Gokoku-Tei has long been a popular dining destination, appreciated for its broiled meat of the highest quality, tempting dishes, and chic interior. A wide range of popular and exotic drinks can be had, and guests can choose from among different settings—relaxing private rooms are perfect for special celebrations, while seats in the hall make informal dining both easy and comfortable. Moreover, this summer, Gokoku-Tei yet again offers its popular beer hall until September 30th. In the beer hall, the most affordable single dish or drink costs only 500 yen, which makes it ideal for casual relaxation alone or with others.
Says the restaurant's Assistant Captain Waitress, Ayumi Matsuda, "We are sure we can satisfy every customer with our food offerings. We have prime broiled 'brand-name meat' (such as world-renowned Kobe beef), and 'Tsuyu Sara yaki-niku'—broiled slices of meat that are dipped in a special sour sauce. Our Korean Jijim is also quite popular, and for guests staying with us at the hotel, we offer a reasonably priced yaki-niku dinner. All our staff members will welcome you with Gokoku-Tei's singular warm hospitality. Please stop by for a meal to remember!"

Gokoku-Tei




Washoku
ShushiThe word washoku generally refers to traditional Japanese food. In 2013, "Washoku, traditional dietary cultures of the Japanese" was registered as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, bringing even more attention from around the world to this distinct culinary culture.
Washoku emphasizes the fresh flavors of its ingredients and seeks to evoke the very best of a variety of components through different forms of preparation—raw presentation, broiling, boiling, frying, and beyond. Food is frequently seasoned delicately and superbly with carefully made broth.
Shabu Shabu Exquisitely prepared washoku is often served in plates and bowls with different colors, shapes, and seasonal motifs. In this way, washoku imparts the essence of the season to the eyes as well as the tongue. Another noteworthy feature of washoku is the fact that it contains less animal fat than foods of many other regions, resulting in a healthiness that has gained it enthusiastic fans in Japan and abroad.
Among Keio Plaza Hotel's multiple restaurants with washoku dishes, Kagari offers sushi, tempura, and numerous a la carte items, all at reasonable prices. Be sure to sample this culinary art during your next stay with us.


Washoku

For Members of the Executive International Club
Special Room Rates for EIC Members
Customers staying with us at EIC member rates will be entitled to many special services and privileges, including use of Luxe Lounge, free breakfast, and free extension of checkout time to 3:00 P.M.

Room Rates in yen
Type of Room
Single
Double/Twin
Superior
26,230
30,850
Plaza Luxe (30 sqm-)
27,250-
31,880-
Plaza Premier
29,210
33,840

*Plaza Luxe rooms are located on the 28th through 33rd floors of the South Tower.
*The rates above include the service fee and the consumption tax.
*Rates are subject to change without notice.

*These privileges do not apply to guests staying at rates other than EIC member rates.


BreakfastComplimentary Breakfast for EIC Members
To EIC members staying with us at member rates, we offer free breakfast at the Cocktail & Tea Lounge on the 3rd floor of the Main Tower. The Lounge, bathed with an abundance of morning sunlight, caters only to selected guests during breakfast hours. In this spacious, relaxing area, enjoy a buffet-style breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausages, and more. Breads and cereals of many different kinds, fresh fruits, coffee, tea, juices, and other selections are also provided.

Breakfast (served at the Cocktail & Tea Lounge on the 3rd floor)
7:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. (Please arrive at the lounge by 9:30 A.M.)
Free for EIC members staying with us at member rates; 3,000 yen per person for their guests
*The rates above include the service fee and the consumption tax.


Free Extension of Checkout Time
Upon request, EIC members staying with us at member rates can have their checkout time extended up to 3:00 P.M., depending on the room reservation situation.
LoungeA Chic New Lounge on the South Tower's 34th Floor
The Keio Plaza Hotel has remodeled the former "The Club Lounge" into "Luxe Lounge" on the 34th floor of the South Tower. The result is a space that is more stylish and user-friendly than ever. Needless to say, EIC members staying with us at member rates and their friends are always welcome to use Luxe Lounge. The lounge consists of different zones—there are counters beside the windows, sofas, meeting rooms, and other areas. This self-service environment is perfect for everything from business negotiations to a refreshing tea break during the daytime, and liquor is served after 5:00 P.M. Be sure to experience Luxe Lounge during your next visit.

Location:South Tower, 34th Floor
Seating Capacity:59
Hours:10:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M.

Deep Relaxation at Keio Plaza Hotel
Carju RajahCarju Rajah, a luxury esthetic salon on the 8th floor of the South Tower, opened on December 1st, 2008. The salon has quickly become known for its excellent skills, sincere hospitality, and refined interior. Individual treatment rooms equipped with showers provide true relaxation for both males and females. Discount rates are even available for visitors who are staying with us. For more information, please contact Guest Relations.


The Business Center
on the 3rd Floor of the Main Tower
The Business Center has opened on the 3rd floor of the Main Tower, where the lobby is located. The Center offers rental cell phones, fax and photocopy services, arrangement of interpretation and translation as well as of international delivery services, business card printing, and other conveniences. Windows PCs (connected to the Internet) and printers are also available. The Center has been renewed to provide everything necessary for efficient business activities.

The Business Center's business hours
Monday through Friday: 8:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M.
Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays: 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

* The coin-operated PCs at the entrance to the Center are available 24 hours per day. Please help yourself.

* The Center offers the following pay services, among others:
1. Photocopies (monochrome and full-color)
2. Fax transmission
3. Rental cellular phones
4. Arrangement of interpretation and translation services
5. Typing
6. Arrangement of international delivery service
7. Internet connection
8. Business card printing


EIC Advantages
Card
By enrolling in the Executive International Club, you will be eligible to receive a variety of special services and discounts reserved exclusively for EIC members. We cordially invite all members of the Executive International Club to stay with us and experience these advantages.
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Free use of Luxe Lounge, exclusively reserved for EIC members
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Extended late check-out until 3:00 P.M. upon request (subject to availability)
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Early check-in at 11:00 A.M. upon request (subject to availability)
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Priority room reservations
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Frequent flyer mileage points with our 16 participating airline partners

*These privileges above do not apply to guests staying at rates other than EIC member rates.

Joining is easy. Simply stop by the front desk, visit our web site, or write to the Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo.
http://www.keioplaza.com/eic/index.html


Frequent Flyer Mileage Points
Earn miles when using the following Frequent Flyer Programs. Points will be provided at eligible room rates or higher. To claim points, simply present your FFP membership card upon check-in.
Participating Airlines
MILEAGE PLAN
500 miles per stay
AADVANTAGE
500 miles per stay
ANA (ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS)
500 miles per stay
ASIA MILES
500 miles per stay
FLYINGBLUE (AIR FRANCE/KLM)
500 miles per stay
EXECUTIVE CLUB (BRITISH AIRWAYS)
500 miles per stay
ENRICH
600 miles per stay
KINGFISHER
600 miles per stay
KRISFLYER (SINGAPORE AIRLINES)
500 miles per stay
JAL (JAPAN AIRLINES)
500 miles per stay
JET AIRWAYS
600 miles per stay
SKYPASS (KOREAN AIR)
500 miles per stay
FREQUENT FLYER (QANTAS)
1,000 miles per stay
MILEAGEPLUS (UNITED)
500 miles per stay
VIRGIN ATLANTIC
750 miles per stay
VARIG BRAZIL
1,000 miles per stay


To Make Your Next Reservation
Summit
The Keio Plaza Hotel is a member of Summit Hotels & Resorts, an international luxury hotel group. To make your next reservation with us, please contact phone numbers below.
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Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo
Tel: +81-3-5322-8000
Fax: +81-3-3345-8269
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Los Angeles Sales Office
Toll free: +1-800-222-5346
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Online Reservations
http://www.keioplaza.com
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Summit Hotels & Resorts
Worldwide (toll free): +1-506-637-0760
United States and Canada: +1-800-457-4000
United Kingdom: +00800-3237-5001
Hong Kong, SAR: +800-96-3365
North China: +10-800-650-0379
South China: +10-800-265-0387
Singapore: +1-800-227-3126


We Would Appreciate Any Comments
We hope you have enjoyed this newsletter. We would appreciate any comments that you might have about the newsletter or the hotel.
Please send your comments to:

Customer Relations
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo
2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8330 Japan
E-mail: customer-rlt@keioplaza.co.jp
Fax: +81-3-5322-8118


Use of Personal Information
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