The Week That Was Golden

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Golden Week brought many new faces, and lots of good food and celebration. We’re still new (only about ten weeks!) so this was our first test serving Tono during a busy holiday.

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Cold beer and iced coffee, now available, and free WiFi, too. There’s lots more pictures from last week in the Cafe Gallery.

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We survived, thanks to the help of new #TeamMichael helpers in the kitchen and behind the counter, most of them family members! Pictured here is Akemi, in the middle, Chizuko, and Akemi’s daughter, our niece Emiri, who made a delicious chocolate lava cake. 

Golden Week is Here!

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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.

How To Eat a Really Large Hamburger

How do you eat a large — make that really large — hamburger? Easy! Share it with friends. Our Kikori Burger is big enough to feed a woodsman, logger, farmer, sumo wrestler, or hungry teenage track & field competitor.

Michael’s Cafe is aiming to create and serve the largest, most delicious hamburger in Iwate. Made with love, and a whole pound of premium Tono beef, served with lettuce, tomato, mayo and ketchup, on a gigantic bun, made by a bakery right here in Tono.

How big is it?