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Japanese Hotel’s $900 Wagyu Steak-Topped Burger Pays Tribute To Country’s New ‘Reiwa’ Era

It’s literally the end of an era in Japan right now. When Emperor Akihito abdicates his throne at the end of April, a new Emperor, Naruhito, will take his place. This will end Japan’s Heisei Era and mark the start of a new one, the Reiwa Era.

As a result, the entire country is abuzz with celebrations that both celebrate and commemorate the Heisei period while building up hype for a brand new start come May 1st. One of the more grandiose food celebrations comes courtesy of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo, whose Golden Giant Burger at the Oak House Steakhouse heralds in the new era.

Photo courtesy of the Grand Hyatt Tokyo

Weighing a solid 3 kilograms (over 6 pounds), the beefy burger comes with standard accoutrements like aioli, tomato, lettuce, and cheddar. Then come the unconventional ones, like sliced Kuroge Wagyu beef steak, foie gras, a generous helping of truffles shaved tableside, and a gold-dusted bun.

The burger comes with salad and fried potato wedges, alongside a magnum of champagne, red wine, or white wine. In total, the entire meal costs about 100,000 yen ($900 US) and can feed 6-8 people.

Photo courtesy of the Grand Hyatt Tokyo

In a way, this burger is an absolutely fitting manner in which to celebrate the new Emperor’s coronation. That event marks the beginning of the Reiwa Era, and “Reiwa” in Japanese translates to “Beautiful Harmony.” The imagery of the gold-dusted bun as well as the exquisite flavors paired with the burger can definitely evoke those emotions. Its size and fancier ingredients also call to the regality of an occasion like the start of a new period in Japanese history.

To celebrate this transitional period, the Grand Hyatt Tokyo’s Oak Door Steakhouse will have this burger on the menu until June 30th. Reservations for it are required 3 days in advance.

[h/t SoraNews24]

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This Restaurant Created A 100 Pound Burger For The Best Reason

What better way to celebrate your birthday than with a 100 pound burger? At least that’s what one restaurant thought.

Diringo Public House in Yarmouth, Maine, celebrated its one year anniversary by creating a giant burger and throwing a party where everyone got to eat a portion of the giant sandwich.

The patty alone weighed 70 pounds. The other 30 pounds comes from a combination of the massive homemade bun, cheese, ketchup lettuce, tomato and the works.

The giant burger and the party started as a joke. According to WCSH6, the owners were constantly getting jokes about making bigger burgers, so they finally decided to make it a reality.

The big burger wasn’t just a celebration. The proceeds from the event went to Good Shepherd Food Bank. Over Facebook, the restaurant said there were 60 participants, including some regular guests who showed up not knowing about the party. They raised $250 in donations, which the restaurant matched.

Attendees were encouraged to bring a bag of canned goods with the incentive to receive $5 off towards any other food or drink purchases that night. They estimate the total donated goods to be worth about $200.

The owners said this could potentially become a yearly tradition, but if they do it again they’re going even bigger with more additions and modifications. Clearly, these owners aren’t afraid of going big. Who knows what they’ll do if they continue?

Big burger, big birthday and a big cause? Sign me up for next year.

Photo: Diringo Public House