Hilton Tokyo Bay Chef Kazuo Nemoto Wins International Ice Sculpture Competition

This information originated in American English .

January 28, 2010

CHIBA -  Kazuo Nemoto, one of Hilton Tokyo Bay's most renowned chefs, is celebrating the award of 3rd Prize at the 24th China Harbin International Ice Sculpture Competition, held in Harbin, China from January 6 to 8, 2010.

The competition, held at one of the most famous and prestigious ice and snow festivals in the world, comprised 21 teams, consisting of 43 artists and craftsmen from 7 countries, including the United States, Russia, China, Thailand, Japan and Mongolia.

Over a 3 day period (about 20 hours production time) and using a chain saw, electric drill and chisels, Nemoto and his ice sculpture partner Hiroaki Kimura, created a striking ice sculpture from a block of ice measuring 2m high and wide and 0.6m in depth, in temperatures ranging between -10 and -20 degree Celsius.

Entitled "Hikari ni Mukau" ("Toward the Light"), the elegant sculpture of a woman holding a light in her hand symbolized the team's wish for people everywhere to go forward towards light with great hope. The vibrant design incorporated subtle and delicate expressions and features such as the woman's slender hands. The art work will be on public display until this spring.

Chef Nemoto has enjoyed considerable international and local success in other competitions, winning 1st prize at the "Mt. Daisen Snow and Ice Festival" in Tottori, Japan (1998), 3rd prize at the "World Ice Art Championships" in Fairbanks, Alaska (2000), and 2nd prize at an international ice sculpture contest in Khabarovsk, Russia (2008).

"I am very proud to be so highly complimented at such a prestigious international festival and among such respected artists. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to our supporters for helping us to achieve this creation and for spreading the beauty of ice sculptures to more people," says Chef Nemoto.

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About Kazuo Nemoto and Ice Carving
Born in November 1955 in Matsudo city, Chiba, Kazuo Nemoto gained essential work experience at restaurants and hotels in Tokyo before joining the Chef's office at Hilton Tokyo Bay in 1990.

Aged 20, he saw an ice sculpture prepared in the banquet hall at a restaurant he was working in and was inspired to learn the skill of ice carving. He studied under Hideo Hasegawa, a leading ice sculpture expert in Japan.

Chef Nemoto has won a number of awards since joining Hilton Tokyo Bay, not only at domestic ice sculpture festivals but also at international competitions in the United States, Austria, and Russia.

The talented artist says that participating in the Multi Block Classic program at the "World Ice Art Championships" in Fairbanks with 3 other members was the most impressive experience of the many festivals he has competed in. The program is famous for creating the tallest ice sculpture (approximately 10m in height) in the world, an extremely difficult task. In order to make their dynamic composition into a real shape, many work at great risk to their lives. Nemoto states that the time spent working and collaborating with his partners in the severe sub-zero circumstances have given him unforgettable memories. At that festival, his team won 3rd place.

About Hilton Tokyo Bay
This family-friendly hotel is ideally located on the eastern shores of Tokyo Bay, adjacent to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Just 30 minutes from Tokyo and 40 minutes from Narita international Airport, this official hotel of the Tokyo Disney Resort offers 801 state-of-the-art equipped guestrooms, 4 extensive restaurants and a bar, 2 magnificent ballrooms and 8 smaller function rooms serving meetings of any size.

Accommodations range from award-winning family suites, a newly-created, unique themed multiple occupancy room to stylish modern rooms.

The hotel boasts numerous recreation facilities including a 1600 square meter Garden Pool area, children's indoor play spaces, a spacious modern Fitness Center and an indulgent Aromatherapy Salon.

For more information about the Hilton Tokyo Bay, please visit www.hilton.com.

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