The first ever The Okura Prestige Bangkok Japanese Fair Series 2021 : “The Passionate Curators”

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Renowned for the practice of Japan’s time-honoured traditions of hospitality known as Omotenashi, the luxurious The Okura Prestige Bangkok is the Thai flagship of Tokyo-based hotel management company Okura Hotels & Resorts. Since the hotel opened in May 2012 it has celebrated Japanese culture by marking the country’s many seasonal festivals, hosting performances of Japanese music by Japanese musicians and through culinary experiences at Master Chef Shigeru Hagiwara’s Michelin Plate restaurant Yamazato. So it gives the hotel’s management great pleasure to be staging the inaugural The Okura Prestige Bangkok Japanese Fair Series 2021: “The Passionate Curators”, which will take place during the Songkran holiday period of 10 – 14 April 2021.

The focal point of the fair will be the lobby area at the 24th floor, which will be decorated to reflect the famous Sakura cherry tree blossoms that bloom all over Japan at this time of year. The lobby will host an opening performance of The Overture by the Thai Youth Orchestra lead by Dr. Paye Akkrawat Srinarong on 10 April 2021 from 17:00 – 18:00 with more performances to follow throughout the month.

Elsewhere, our famous Yatai & Izakaya Night delights at Up & Above Restaurant on 10 April 2021 offer a real Japanese treat in which Executive Chef Sebastiaan Hoogewerf creates extra delicacies to make the weekend unforgettable. The buffet feast includes barachirachi & sashimi, yakitori, tori tsukane, takoyaki, okonomiyaki, udon with onsen egg, oden soup, hot smoked salmon donburi and a cooking station serving tonkatsu made a la minute. And as always premium seafood on ice, a BBQ station and much more is available. Prices start from Baht 1,950 net per person including free-flow juices, mocktails and soft drinks, available from 18:00 – 22:00.

We also invite guests to round off their weekend in style with the return of the fantastic Sunday Brunch at Up & Above Restaurant on 11 April 2021 from 12:00 – 15:00 where seasonal fresh sushi and sashimi prepared to order, chef-recommended table-served dishes to pass around, fresh seafood on ice and much more including Japanese creations and sweet confections also abound. An additional menu with Japanese touches will also be available. It includes toothsome items such as sake braised wagyu short ribs, miso marinated lamb rack, salmon teriyaki wellington, and yutaka BBQ miso chicken. These and much more light up The Okura Prestige Bangkok Japanese Fair Series 2021: “The Passionate Curators”. Prices start from Baht 2,800 net per person, including free-flow mocktails and soft drinks.

Guests with a passion for traditional Japanese sweets will want to join the wakashi class by Japanese wakashi master Yuta Takaya from Ganyudo, who will conduct an exclusive hand-on workshop on 11 April 2021 from 14:00 – 15:30 at Yamazato’s Sushi Counter. Seats are limited to 8 guests only. Price is Baht 1,400 net per person.

We are also delighted to have Japanese tea master Khun Jitchaya Sarasombath, founder of Chaya Teahouse, teaching a master class at a special afternoon tea session hosted at Elements restaurant on 12 April 2021 at 13:00 and 15:00 Price is Baht 1,400 net per person including coffee or tea, Sakura theme confections and Japanese matcha tea prepared by Khun Jitchaya, who has been a purveyor of premium Japanese tea since 2018 and sources only organically grown teas—from ceremonial grade matcha, gyokuro and sencha to bancha—directly from farms.

Shichiken sake is among the best produced anywhere in Japan and now its delicate but rich flavours can be appreciated at a special 7-course Kaiseki dinner specially create by Master Chef Shigeru Hagiwara at MICHELIN Plate signature Japanese restaurant Yamazato, only on 12 March 2021 from 18:30 – 22:00. The dinner starts with a welcome reception at the lobby follow by a special kaiseki dinner with sake pairings by our Sake sommelier Koji Hara. Price is Baht 3,750 net per person.

If you’re in the mood to celebrate Songkran then join us on 13 April 2021 at 17:00 until 23:00 for a pop-up session at Aperol Sunset Lounge and delicious Izakaya at Elements & Terrace, where you will enjoy the best views of Bangkok from the restaurant’s terrace with Japanese inspired drinks by our beverage curators; Symphony Loo, Tamaryn Cooper and Jane Kaew-yod. Priced at Baht 990 net per person including two drinks and selected Japanese BBQ. This is a great way to celebrate Songkran with family & friends!

We are also hosting an Ikebana workshop on 14 April 2021 from 10:00 with Khun Suphakorn Bowonparanchai, The Okura Prestige Bangkok’s resident florist and certified Ikebana expert who trained with Nicolai Bergmann in Tokyo. The workshop ends with a favourful shokodo bento lunch at the MICHELIN Plate Japanese restaurant Yamazato for Baht 2,500 net per person.

Over at the Sushi Bar, our Sushi Master Haruaki Matsuoka will serve an exclusive Sushi Omakase course for Baht 5,000 net per person. Chef Matsuoka honed his culinary skills as Sushi chef at Tsuji Culinary Institute in Japan and he was an assistance professor for Japanese Cuisine at the Tsuji Culinary Institute for many years before moving to Thailand. The Omakase starts with a special appetiser followed by grilled snow fish with white miso, simmered shrimp with egg and soy milk skin. Before the sushi journey begins, Chef Matsuoka will serve tomato and yuzu sorbet, then the 8 pieces of an exclusive sushi selection complimented with soup of grilled edamame with sesame tofu and white bait. A dessert of Sakura mochi and kazu starch noodles with rich black sugar syrup finish off the meal. Sushi Omakase is available for lunch from 11:30 – 14:00 on 13 & 14 April 2021 and dinner 18:00 -20:30 on 14 April 2021.

Experience the myriad flavours of Japan with our Washoku Staycation package on offer during the inaugural The Okura Prestige Bangkok Japanese Fair Series 2021: “The Passionate Curators”. The staycation and fair give guests a chance like no other to indulge in Japanese culture and cuisine. Rate starts from Baht 6,900 for a one night stay in Deluxe room, Japanese set dinner for two persons at MICHELIN Plate signature restaurant Yamazato (with a choice of Teppanyaki set or a Icho kaiseki),  Japanese set breakfast at Yamazato and a special welcome amenity. The exclusive Washoku Staycation package is only available to book between 1 – 17 April 2021 for stays from 10 – 17 April 2021.

Guests are welcome to enjoy a free activity to learn more about Japanese culture, such as an origami workshop on 10, 11 & 13 April 2021 from 15:00 – 17:00 and a furoshiki workshop on 12 & 14 April 2021 from 15:00 – 17:00 at Yamazato Restaurant.

Special offer for JCB cardholder with minimum spending of Baht 6,900 net on any activities The Okura Prestige Bangkok Japanese Fair Series 2021: “The Passionate Curators” during 10 – 14 April 2021 will receive JCB TUMBLER. (One card per bill throughout the program).                                                                

For information, please contact 02 687 9000 or email FB.concierge@okurabangkok.com. To book Washoku Staycation Package, please contact reservation department at reservations@okurabangkok.com or book on our website www.okurabangkok.com

Prices are inclusive of 10% service charge and 7% government tax.