it is amazing to me that the tastes of summer of japan is something that i really miss. but in fact i had lots of allergies growing up, and i could not eat a lot of food with corn syrup. maybe it was the corn that did it? i recently watched a trailer for a documentary (http://www.youtube.com/verify_age?next_url=/watch%3Fv%3DnvMxIEgbsIo%26feature%3Dmv_sr) that seemed to suggest (i am not a scientist) that corn is in almost everything we eat in the usa.
contrastingly, the soy bean is very important in japan. so perhaps from 0-9 years old i wonder if i was on a soy diet because i have tasted things there that have, for lack of a better word, nostalgic taste to it–as if i had tasted them before. for example, we have a food called rice cakes here. my mom used to break them up in bite sizes like popcorn for when we saw a movie on the big screen.
now, these days, having lived in japan, i sit in await for the summer festival at the ncsu japan center. it will be there that i may be able to try some authentic japanese food again. but, of course i am not patient, so i am spending the summer trying the local raleigh area “japanese” food scene. i hope to find real japanese food. the closest i have come is locopops for green tea ice cream. i still am hopeful for a place that i can find really good sushi. in fact, as a proud father note, my daughter can make better sushi than one of the establishments here. good thing i am not a food critic.
in summary, if anyone knows of somewhere good (and that has also lived in japan) and does not give out “it’s good…in its own right,” please leave a comment. and, if you are in japan reading this, take some photographs of what you are eating so i can be jealous. i would rather be jealous then spend money for some really bad food here.
before i forget, yes, the fast food restaurants are better there, too. for those who know what i am talking, can i get an “i-ta-da-ki-ma-su,” or better yet, “u-ma-i” (delicious).