Emaar adds Toko in Vida Downtown to portfolio

Toko at Vida Downtown has an intimate restaurant and lounge setting, expansive terrace and a mezzanine private dining area.
Updated 06 March 2018
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Emaar adds Toko in Vida Downtown to portfolio

Emaar Hospitality Group is launching Toko in Vida Downtown, a contemporary Japanese dine-in that presents Izakaya dining of promoting social interactions in its finest traditions.
Set in Downtown Dubai, Toko is for connoisseurs of Japanese cuisine with a trendy new ambience.
The Toko brand first opened its doors in 2007 in Sydney, and quickly set a benchmark for contemporary Japanese dining.
Toko at Vida Downtown has an intimate restaurant and lounge setting, expansive terrace and a mezzanine private dining area.
Matthew Darwon, the celebrated Australian architect who designed Toko Sydney, is the mind behind Toko Dubai too. He brings a sense of traditional aesthetics with a creative twist that is central to the Toko identity. He draws on a minimalist neutral palette of natural timbers and streamlined joinery, with Reni Kung lighting accents.
Olivier Harnisch, chief executive of Emaar Hospitality Group, said: “Toko Dubai has redefined the Japanese cuisine experience with its contemporary interpretation and inimitable presentation style. It complements the philosophy of Vida to serve as social hubs for the young and trendy. The addition of Toko Dubai further strengthens our Lifestyle Dining division, which is focused on delivering exceptional and memorable dining choices. Toko Dubai will delight Japanese food enthusiasts as well as those who want to discover the current trends in dining at one of the city’s trendiest restaurants.”
In addition to the main restaurant setting, Toko Dubai’s lounge overlooks the Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard with intimate lounge booths and an expansive open design. It will serve beverages designed by the Toko Sydney team in addition to a full dinner menu.
Toko Dubai will feature live music and a deejay daily bringing the vibes of a social gathering to the lounge. Further, a private Toko garden and terrace enables guests to enjoy a full-dinner menu in a Japanese-style garden environment. The garden has calming water features, floating Japanese umbrellas, and Bonsai trees.


Japanese emperor’s birthday celebrated in Jeddah

From left, Kazue Miyamoto, wife of the Japanese consul general, Prince Abdullah bin Turki, Japanese Consul General Masayuki Miyamoto, Prince Bandar bin Abdullah and Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah at the event in Jeddah.
Updated 16 December 2018
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Japanese emperor’s birthday celebrated in Jeddah

The Consulate General of Japan in Jeddah held on Thursday a reception to celebrate the 85th birthday of Emperor Akihito, the 125th emperor of Japan, at the residence of Consul General Masayuki Miyamoto.
The reception was attended by Ambassador Sami bin Jameel Abdullah, director of protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Makkah region, in the presence of princes, consuls general accredited in Jeddah, Saudi businessmen and media figures, in addition to the Japanese community in the western region.
After playing the national anthems of the two countries, Consul General Miyamoto delivered a speech in which he welcomed the guests and stressed on the excellent relations between Japan and the Kingdom, based on mutual respect and appreciation.
He announced that this year would be the last year to mark the birthday of Akihito as emperor. He will abdicate next year and the crown prince will accede to the imperial throne.
He said that the Japanese city Osaka would host next year the G20 Summit. Both Japan and Saudi Arabia are active members of this group.
Miyamoto said that Saudi Arabia was among the 10 most important trading partners for Japan. Japan is the third top trading partner for the Kingdom and one of the largest investors with capital of about SR53 billion ($14.13 billion), including investments in Rabigh, Yanbu and Jeddah, and providing employment to about 7,000 Saudi citizens. The annual trade between the two countries exceeds SR100 billion in Saudi surplus.
He said that Japan worked strongly for more presence in both public and private sector projects of the Kingdom such as water, renewable energy, infrastructure and other projects.
Ambassador Sami and Consul General Miyamoto cut a cake to celebrate this occasion.