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(夏中)in the summer…

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 ( 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).



About charleswinstead

having lived in japan for 3.5 years i wish to "go back to the island" as often as i can. i lived from 1999-2003. i went back in 2007, then again in 2011. i am a full time teacher, so the best time to go for me is during the summer vacation. it works out well because i love the sensational feelings i get in japan during the summer...especially playing taiko and eating lots of ma-cha ice.

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