This week has brought lots of guests, visitors, and distant family members to Tono, to celebrate Obon. Last night a fireworks show was held at the shores of the Hayase river. We live only two blocks from the river, so just walking down the street from our home, we were able to see it, and enjoy the display.
Just in time for the August travel season, when lots of people from all over Japan come to visit, 遠野市観光協会/Tono Tourist debuts this special sampler package featuring 3 local handcraft coffee roasters, Mamehiko, Tono General Store, and our own Black Ship Coffee. Stop by the Tourist Information Center to find out more.
Check in for more updates this August, things are changing from week to week, as we celebrate Obon (お盆) and have extended hours, and days. We’re open 9 consecutive days in the middle of August! And are opening a little earlier (not shown here) so if you come in at 10:30, we can serve fresh coffee, while we’re setting up.
This week Michael’s Cafe American partnered with Italian Bar Ittemicca, On-Cafe, NoTo General Store, and other Tono restaurants to serve dishes featuring our finest local ingredients to attendees of a JCI event, July 7th at Aeria Hotel. Also in attendance were dancers, lions, drummers, and other assorted traditional Japanese performers. What did we serve? Chicken tacos with homemade chipotle sauce, and spicy beef & bean chili, with shredded cheese and corn chips. And fresh hot coffee. Yeah, baby. That’s what happens when you invite an American to one of these things.