Guests get taste of Japan through sushi

Usami showing the 32kg maguro to guests at Tsukiji No 8 in Kuala Lumpur.

TO give diners a taste of fresh seafood, a 32kg maguro worth RM10,000 from Japan was prepared at the Tokyo for Tokyo Tourism Seminar 2019 at Tsukiji No 8 in Wisma Lim Foo Yong, Kuala Lumpur.

Executive chef Yasuro Usami of the new Japanese restaurant, expertly handled the knife and gave guests a preview of slicing maguro (tuna) before making sushi.

The seminar themed “Tokyo Old Meets New, ” organised by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Tokyo Convention and Visitors Bureau, was an opportunity to present Japan’s tourism to industry players and media members.

Aimed at boosting Tokyo’s appeal overseas, the seminar was an effort to keep global travellers up-to-date with the excitement and new offerings in the city.

In 2018, 31,191,856 people visited Japan and out of that number, 468,360 were Malaysians.

“The Tokyo tourism representative in Malaysia helps collect information on the Malaysian market and keeps visitors informed on Tokyo’s tourism, ” he said.

With the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games entering the countdown stage, Tokyo has launched the 2020 annual Japan cross-border tourism incentives and is aiming to attract visitors from all over the world to the upcoming games.

Japanese companies BIC Camera, Ito-Yokado Co Ltd, Tokyo One Piece Tower and Hotel Grand Palace set up booths at the event to help guests better understand what Tokyo had to offer.

Ito-Yokado, a popular one-stop shopping mall in Japan, gave out vouchers to participants who attended the seminar.

“Tourists can enjoy tax-free services at our store, ” said Ito-Yokado Hong Kong Liaison Office representative Patrick Chau.

There are many interesting destinations for visitors to Tokyo including Cyberspace Shibuya, Tokyo Disneyland, Ginza, temples and several shopping destinations.

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