Golden Week is Here!


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.


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.


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?