Shiraraso Grand Hotel Announces Traditional Japanese Candle-Making Experience For Guests

09.July.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

As part of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) project, Shiraraso Grand Hotel is offering a new experience for guests to create shades for warosoku traditional Japanese candles from July 7 to August 31.

Warosoku aren’t made with ordinary wax, they’re produced from plant-derived Japanese wax. Wakayama was once the biggest producer of this wax. Guests at the hotel will ghet to make their own shade decorations for these candles using decorations like the sea, food, hot springs, and panda.

 

The hotel is also offering free panda bookmarks to those who post a photo of their shade on Instagram, Twitter, or Instagram with the Japanese hashtag #白良荘グランドホテル.

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    13.September.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    All-day restaurant FIVE – Grill & Lounge, located within the Hyatt Centric Kanazawa hotel, will begin serving up a selection of Halloween-inspired treats beginning October 1, including cake sets, parfaits, muffins, and various lunch and dinner items.

     

    Guests will also be able to enjoy some mischievous cocktails and mocktails inspired by witches and ghosts!

     

    Halloween Cake Set 

     

    Black Sesame Pudding

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    Halloween Dinner/Lunch Course

     

    Halloween Muffin Box

     

    Halloween Cocktails 

    Spooky Night

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    I sWitch (Mocktail)

     

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    When thinking of Halloween, the colors orange and purple instantly come to mind. For the Halloween Dinner/Lunch Course, the menu’s creators went with a more dark theme, envisioning a ghost appearing at any moment. The entire restaurant will be decorated in black and gray, creating a truly haunting dining experience.

     

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    13.September.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

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    VOLVO teamLab: A Forest where Gods Live

     

     

    Works that change with the seasons 

     

    Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps in the Forest – One Stroke, Autumn Mountain, teamLab, 2018.

     

     

     

    Flowers Bloom in an Infinite Universe inside a Teacup, teamLab, 2016.

     

     

     

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    Light Sculpture of Flames, teamLab, 2016.

     

    The Mifuneyama Rakuen Park was built on a 500,000 square metre site that has been surrounded by nature for over three million years. This year marks the seventh year of the ‘VOLVO teamLab: A Forest where Gods Live” outdoor exhibition, which opens every summer and autumn. The exhibition combines nature and art on a grand scale, even featuring in CNN’s list of “Outdoor art exhibitions to see around the world.”

     

    One of the special features of teamLab’s works is that they change with the season, including this one, where the colours will be changed to match the Autumn.

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    The Light Sculpture of Flames has been on display at teamLab’s large-scale solo exhibition and will be shown in public for the first time, having been described as the “first art piece to be accepted in Silicon Valley.”

    The interactive light sculpture forms a 3D flame using multiple light points and will be shown in a collaboration space with VOLVO, the exhibits main partner.

     

     

    Why not immerse yourself in the nature of Autumn with teamLab?

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