Special Event: A Night in Sicily! Saturday Night, March 2, 7-10 pm at Michael’s Cafe

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シチリア出身のレナータと一緒に、シチリアン映画を観ながら、シチリア料理やワインでシチリアナイトを楽しみましょう。

Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 7 PM – 10 PM

Seats limited! Reserve soon! ¥2000 per person. SOLD OUT!

[PHOTOS +VIDEO] カちゃん Exhibition at Tono Station

 

Licca-chan (リカちゃん, Rika-chan) display at Tono Station!

The first model was released in July 1967 by toy manufacturer Takara Co. (now Tomy Co., better known as Takara Tomy).

According to her character profile, she was born on May 3 to a French father and Japanese mother. Her full name is Licca Kayama. She is 11 years old and in the fifth grade of elementary school. She is cheerful and a little bit careless, sometimes making small mistakes … (read more) Source: motto.media

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.

In the House: Tono’s Tennessee friend Parker J. Allen

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Ryuko-san, left, dropped by with Tono’s Tennessee friend Parker J. Allen, who’s visiting this week. We had the good fortune to meet Parker, along with a lot of other fine folks from Chattanooga, Tennessee, only days after Chizuko and I first arrived in Tono last summer at the event where Chattanooga and Tono were officially joined as sister cities.  Here’s a brief clip from that event: