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Tokyo hotel to serve giant ¥100,000 wagyu burgers in honor of new emperor

Kyodo

A restaurant in a high-class Tokyo hotel has unveiled giant wagyu burgers with golden-dusted buns costing ¥100,000 ($908), in honor of the upcoming ascension of Crown Prince Naruhito.

Available at the Oak Door steakhouse in the Grand Hyatt Tokyo, located in the posh Roppongi district, the 3-kilogram burgers will celebrate the succession and new Imperial era using an array of expensive ingredients, including foie gras and shaved black truffles.

It is recommended that six to eight people share the Golden Giant Burger, which is approximately 25 cm wide and 15 cm high and is accompanied by a bottle of wine. It will be available from April 1 through the end of June, according to the restaurant.

The government will unveil the name of the new era on April 1 and the country’s 248th Imperial era will start on May 1, when the Crown Prince ascends to the throne following his father Emperor Akihito’s abdication the previous day.

The 85-year-old Emperor expressed his wish to retire in a rare video message in 2016, citing his concern that he might not be able to fulfill his official duties due to his advanced age. He will become the first living monarch to step down in about 200 years.