Tokyo hotel offers meals to its guests protected under lanterns

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In both traditional and futuristic decor, a Japanese-style hotel in Tokyo offers mask-less course fare to guests who are enclosed and protected by lantern-style partitions.

Hoshinoya Tokyo in the Otemachi district uses transparent partitions created by artisans from Kyoto, allowing guests to enjoy their meals and converse without masks.

The lantern partitions, which are part of the hotel’s anti-coronavirus measures, measure 75 centimeters in diameter and 102 cm in height. The part above the guest’s neck is completely enclosed in the lantern.

The partition is made of transparent and thin plastic and illuminated by an electric bulb, allowing the guest’s face to be clearly seen.

Hotel staff have repeatedly tested parameters similar to how meals are served. They have made corrections taking into account how diners take or leave their seats and how best to serve a meal before starting the service in October.

In November, a couple of guests dined together under the shelter of the lanterns.

“I’m glad I was able to enjoy my meal while seeing another person’s facial expressions for the first time in a long time,” said one of the guests.

The hotel also received reservations in December for the catering service.

“We would like to provide opportunities to make meals for guests more enjoyable,” said a representative from the hotel. “We hope that guests can enjoy their meals by eating and chatting together, deepening their friendships and building their confidence, which should be the fundamental purpose of dining together. “

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