A Tokyo hotel has begun selling a 'giant golden burger' to celebrate the birth of Japan's new 'Reiwa' era and the accompanying 'Golden Week', which is expected to be on May 1, when Japan's crown prince Naruhito will ascend to the throne.
Footage shot on Thursday shows the huge 3 kilo (6.6 pound), €800 ($900) burger being assembled by chef Patrick Shimada of the Grand Hyatt Tokyo's The Oak Door... Еще steakhouse.
«Our focus on this burger us using best ingredients we can find, very high end, very premium ingredients, such as Japanese fruit tomato, our U.S prime beef, the Wagyu beef, on top of that french foie, our black truffles, so it's all best stuff we can find and we put in this burger,» explained Shimada.
He added that the «home made burger bun is painted with the gold dust, so it's covered completely top to bottom with the gold.»
The 'Golden Week' is a week beginning the end of April and running through the first week of May which contains a large number of Japanese public holidays. This year this period has been extended by parliament to mark the abdication of Emperor Akihito and the ascension of his son Naruhito to the throne.
Under the Japanese era naming system, time periods are given era names to correspond with the reign of each emperor and the system is still used on official government documents. The name 'Reiwa' is derived from a piece of 8th century Japanese poetry and translates to 'beautiful harmony' in English.