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Marking the Season of Sharing and Caring

December 01, 2015
The Peninsula Tokyo asks hotel guests and visitors to join in support of the Make-A-Wish® Foundation of Japan this holiday season. From November 21 to December 25, each purchase of an original SnowPage ornament (JPY 2,500 each) and special-edition SnowPage doll (JPY 10,000 each) will generate JPY 2,000 and JPY 6,000 respectively for the foundation’s good work in granting the heartfelt wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Introduced this year, the whimsical SnowPages are a collection of dolls hand-made with fine fabrics and embroidery in partnership with the luxury toy-art collective Papinee. Each of the smiling figures is dressed in bright colors and patterns inspired by the arts and culture of each of the 10 Peninsula destinations. The Tokyo SnowPage wears a classic kimono festooned with bright cherry blossoms. Each doll comes wrapped in a gift box with festive cookies. Hidden in some gift boxes are Golden Tickets with prizes of Afternoon Tea gift certificates for two at The Lobby!

Also with children in mind, on December 13 the hotel is extending its popular Peninsula Academy gingerbread house decorating class to non-staying guests. The JPY 3,000 fee for each child aged six to 12 years will be donated in full to the Make-A-Wish® Foundation of Japan. Executive Pastry Chef Shigeru Nojima and his team will assist budding pâtissiers in making icing and using a piping bag and Christmas candies to complete their very own gingerbread house. The spicily fragrant creation can then be taken home to display and enjoy over the holiday.
There are many warm ways to mark this time of the year with friends, family and loved ones. In addition to festive themed lunches and dinners, the Peninsula chefs have planned Christmas brunches with unlimited wine and Champagne, a Christmas-edition Afternoon Tea complete with gingerbread man cookies, and to usher in 2016, and a traditional breakfast of auspicious osechi cuisine on the morning of New Year’s Day. At Peter: the Bar, three original cocktails inspire holiday travel to other lands in December. “Surfing Santa Claus” blends blue curaçao with sparkling wines, eucalyptus syrup and Christmas Island sea salt to transport you to Australia, “Finnish Spiced Tea” is fashioned after glögi, that country’s holiday drink, yet features burdock root for an earthy taste of Japan, with “Brazilian Tradition” offers a twist on the classic Caipirinha by dressing the drink up with dried apricot and maté tea leaves infused in cachaça. In January, another trio of cocktails joins the menu to launch the new year, each one showcasing unusual local ingredients.

For ordinary fans on guests who would like to experience Japan’s modern-day approach to the first feast of the year, a colorful three-tiered osechi ensemble of premium Japanese, Western and Chinese delicacies can be ordered for takeaway from The Peninsula Boutique & Café.

However you choose to mark this festive season, everyone at The Peninsula Tokyo wishes for hopes fulfilled and dreams come true for you and your loved ones.