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
Michael’s Cafe American
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.
All The Americans In Tono Are Celebrating Independence Day At Michael’s Cafe American!
We're celebrating Independence Day! We're gathering all the Americans in Tono to watch "Captain America" movies, and enjoy milk and chocolate chip cookies.
[PHOTOS] The Espresso Tasters
Michael and Shun-Shun, tasting espresso made with delicious fresh-roasted Ethiopian Yirgacheffee, during #GoldenWeek2018
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 ...
How To Eat a Really Large Hamburger
How to eat a large -- make that really large -- hamburger? Easy! Share it with friends. Our upcoming Kikori Burger is big enough to feed a woodsman, logger, farmer, sumo wrestler, or hungry teenage track & field competitor.
Outdoor Seating Begins!
The weather is warm, Golden Week is almost here, and the beer is cold! We also have cold beverages like iced tea, ginger ale, Kappa Cola, iced lattes, and more. Invite some friends, and pull up a chair!
Michael’s Cafe for Work or Play on a Spring Day
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
How To Order a Vanilla Creme Soda
It's easy, just point to it on the menu! Hmmm. There's two children here, but one is hidden. Where did she go? She must be somewhere. I saw her just a moment ago. Is she hiding? Oh, there she is.
The Four Stages of Muffin
Oops! I ate one. Important to test what's coming out of the oven, right? Banana, pecan, and a hint of ginger. Now all it needs is decoration and presentation. I think home-made chocolate syrup would be a nice touch. So I decorated them.