ITALIAN BAR ITTEMICCA and Michael's Cafe American teaming up again to offer indoor and outdoor dining, for folks arriving in Tono this week for Obon (お盆). Featuring grilled hamburgers, made with the finest Tono beef, and chicken skewers on the grill, with hot sauce. Have you tried Tomo's custom-made hot sauce? You might need a … Continue reading Grilled Chicken & Burgers at Michael’s Cafe
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
Summer Break for Conversational English
August is party time in Tono, lots of festivals, travel, and family visits. So we're taking a few weeks off our regularly scheduled conversational english classes. We'll be back September 4th, the usual time!
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.
[VIDEO] Tono Chefs at Hotel Aeria
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 … Continue reading [VIDEO] Tono Chefs at Hotel Aeria
Buen Viaje to the Coolest Kids in Town!
Tonight we're honoring the coolest kids in town, Didac, Delia, and Gaia Piazza. Didac is moving to attend a school in Nagano, and his sisters are returning to Sicily, we're celebrating their awesomeness at a farewell party later tonight. レナータの子供達の送別会. Tono won't be the same without them!
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.
The Week That Was Golden
Golden Week brought many new faces, and lots of good food and celebration. We're still new (only about ten weeks!) so this was our first test serving Tono during a busy holiday. Cold beer and iced coffee, now available, and free WiFi, too. There's lots more pictures from last week in the Cafe Gallery. We survived, … Continue reading The Week That Was Golden
[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 ...
Craft Beer News: 遠野醸造 Tono Brewing Company Debuts!
Congratulations to the best new addition to the neighborhood, 遠野醸造 Tono Brewing Company, opening May 3, 2018! We attended an event celebrating the opening, enjoyed great food and great beer, and got lots of snapshots.