Japanese Cooking Show

I’ve been busy getting some storm damage repaired, but I’m back to the blog and today we have a theme: Tokyo.

Win a trip to Tokyo

American Way Magazine, the in-flight publication from American Airlines, is sponsoring a new sweepstakes:

This year marks the one-year anniversary of the enhanced relationship between Japan Airlines and American Airlines, which continues to bring travelers even more flights and convenient schedule options between top U.S. cities and Asia.

With daily nonstop flights to Tokyo, you can fly direct from New York City (JFK) to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on American Airlines. Beginning June 1, this daily service offers you a better early morning departure and more options to Japan.

In celebration of the new service, we invite you to enter a sweepstakes to win two round-trip economy class tickets on American Airlines to Japan.

Here’s some of the details from the terms and conditions:

Deadline to enter is June 30, 2012 at 11:59 pm CDT
One (1) winner will be drawn on or around July 6, 2012.
Winner will be notified on or around July 6, 2012.
The Grand Prize consists of two round-trip promotional tickets from the United States to Japan on American Airlines.
Prize Value: $2,400.00.

It’s easy to enter, just provide your contact information. Go here to read the rest of the rules and to submit your entry.

Tokyo Bonus Offers

Late May marked the 25th anniversary of American’s service to Tokyo, and June 1 they resumed service between New York JFK and Tokyo Haneda, so recently we’ve seen some Tokyo related promotions.

American offered a couple of promotions that have already expired (Pinterest Sweepstakes, reduced mileage AAdvantage awards) but not all offers are gone.

The two biggest are still available.

They’re offering Double AAdvantage Miles if you fly the new JAL Boeing 787 between Boston and Tokyo Narita (that’s an extra 13,544 AAdvantage Miles). Because of the new AA/JAL Joint Business Agreement, you’ll also earn Elite Qualifying Miles and Elite Bonus miles just like you would on an AA operated flight.

Earn Up To 30,000 AAdvantage Miles At Hotel New Otani, Tokyo which includes a 400 year old garden on the property.

Stay 3 nights or more with the “AAdvantage Bonus Miles Package” at “The Main” and earn a bonus of up to 10,000 miles. Plus earn up to 20,000 miles when flying between New York Kennedy (JFK) and Tokyo Haneda (HND) on purchased, published First Class, Business Class and Economy Class fare.

So in keeping with today’s theme, here are some Tokyo related links for your consideration.

If you’re one of the most acclaimed sushi chefs in the U.S., where would you got for sushi in Japan? Experts’ Expert: David Chang’s top sushi restaurant in Tokyo

Traveling to or from Haneda? Making a connection? Take the airport shuttle to Natural Hot Spring Heiwajima Spa. Relax in the hot springs, take a bath or a sauna, get a message, eat, rest, or watch television. Heiwajima is 24 hours and shuttle to and from the airport leaves every 15 minutes.

Trying to have a deeper understanding of Tokyo and Cool Japan culture? Read The Otaku Encyclopedia: An Insider’s Guide to the Subculture of Cool Japan. It’s funny, short (though it still has over 600 entries), and will make your trip to the Akihabara more interesting.

Looking for a place to stay? It’s easy to find reviews for the Park Hyatt Tokyo, The Peninsula, Grand Hyatt, Four Seasons, and the Mandarin hotels. Jay from the First Class Project Blog recently published a series of trip reports from his Japan trip and in addition to reviews for some of the high end hotels that he stayed at, he also has reviews of the more practical business class hotels that don’t often get covered. Anyone looking to visit on a budget should take a look his posts (with lots of photos):

Hyatt Regency – Tokyo
Sunroute Hotel Shinjuku
Radisson Narita
Nikko Inn
Hotel Gracery Ginza

And now for some bathroom amusement

Sega’s Toylet – urinal meets video game.

Take a tour through a Tokyo Toilet showroom.

(About the photo. I was flipping through some channels watching Tokyo TV and came across this cooking show. The hostess wore the mask and stayed in character the whole time. Different. But still better than much of the stuff in the U.S.)

  • Rikki said,

    David Chang is an acclaimed chef, but he is not a sushi chef and none of his restaurants even serve sushi.

  • oneeyejack said,

    got a quick comment for you blog. not sure why you like to BOLD every single word but it’s a little hard on the eyes when you read BOLDED words all the time. it looks even worse in google reader. take it for what it’s worth. i’m not knocking on your content of your blog but just a suggestion.

  • AAdvantage Geek said,

    @ Rikki – Corrected. Thanks for pointing out the error!

    @ oneeyejack – Back before I moved to Boarding Area, I used bold text because the Wordpess theme that I was used a light typeface. When I moved over to BA I stuck with it to stay consistent.

    I’ve wondered if dropping the bold text might not look better, but haven’t had any feedback till now. I try doing without it for tomorrow’s post, let me know what you think.

    Thanks for reading and for the feedback!

  • Jay said,

    Thank you very much for the shout-out! Really appreciate it! More success to you and your blog!

  • aadvantagegeek said,

    @ Jay – Happy to share – I’ve really enjoyed your Tokyo trip reports. Hope everyone gets a chance to read them!

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