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Happy Constitution Memorial Day! Many Japanese workers get about a week off around the end of April and beginning of May. This is because there is cluster of national holidays during this time.

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The week starts on April 29, a national holiday that used to be celebrated as the birthday of Emperor Showa, who passed away in 1989. It is now celebrated as Showa Day, a day to allow people to think back on the hardship and recovery of the Showa period and to ponder the future of Japan.

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May 3 is Constitution Memorial Day. The present Constitution of Japan came into effect on this day in 1947. May 5 is Children’s Day, set aside to pray for the healthy growth and happiness of boys and girls. Because May 4 falls between two holidays, this day, too, was designated a national holiday … [More]

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We have lots of new photos to share. And some new menu items, featuring our favorite hot coffee drinks, and some new cold beverages (including beer!) to enjoy in the warm weather.

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We also have a special crew working with us for the holiday, family Yokohama. Chizuko’s sister Akemi, Niece Emiri, and Emiri’s boyfriend Shun. #TeamMichael

We’re open earlier, 10 a.m., during Golden Week. Then return to normal hours next week. Come in for a cold beer, or an espresso, or an iced coffee, enjoy a sandwich. We also have brownies, cookies, and pecan cranberry cake! Explore what Tono has to offer. #madeintono

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