Updated August Calendar

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, … Continue reading Updated August Calendar

Kanreki Rocks! Celebrating 60 at Michael’s Cafe

Why celebrate one birthday when you can celebrate two? We teamed up to combine the July birthdays of Kazuhiko Tada & Michael Dougan and threw a party.  The tradition of commemorating the 60th birthday as a special one is new to me. In the Chinese zodiac it means completing a cycle. In Japan it's called … Continue reading Kanreki Rocks! Celebrating 60 at Michael’s Cafe

Sunday Afternoon Movies at Michael’s Cafe

This Sunday's movie was Mr. Baseball, a sentimental sports classic from 1992, starring Tom Selleck, Ken Takakura, Aya Takanashi, Dennis Haysbert, Toshi Shioya, Kosuke Toyohara ... (see more). A joint U.S.-Japan production, rich in cross-cultural humor, Mr. Baseball is my favorite East-West comedy.  Filming locations include Nagoya, Aichi, Japan, Marchant Stadium, Lakeland, Florida, USA, Yankee Stadium - E. 161st Street & River Avenue, … Continue reading Sunday Afternoon Movies at Michael’s Cafe

‘American Day’ in Tono

It's American Day in Tono today, July 21st. Statue of Ichiro! Thanks to Chiemi for taking and sharing snapshots from the event! We didn't get to attend, because we're at the Cafe! But we enjoyed seeing some of the attendees, like this mom and daughter. 

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 ...

Mid-April at the Cafe: Photos from Last Week

Charolette is from Dallas, Texas, now an English teacher in nearby Kamaishi. She came to confirm that it really is an American Cafe.  It really is!  Quesadillas AND pancakes! Always bring an appetite to Michael's Cafe. Chizuko's kitchen, where the magic happens, with fresh baked treats every day. More hometown boys! We had some guests … Continue reading Mid-April at the Cafe: Photos from Last Week