Well. In case you didn’t know, this is our last Thursday in Japan. We leave next Thursday to head back to the good ol’ US of A, and I don’t know if I could be any more sad, yet excited to see my loved ones at the same time.
When I first arrived in Japan (thanks to the Navy sending my husband where he was needed, not where he chose- for those of you who didn’t know), my last thought was that I would miss this place like it was my lifetime home. Honestly, I don’t even really know what my thoughts were other than “YES I finally get to see my husband!” What started as our only option for us to be together turned into my home, in more ways than one.
So, in honor of remembering all of my wonderful, happy, overwhelming, and precious times in Japan, I decided to write one aspect of this country that I will miss dearly, every day for the next 7 days. I could’ve made it a month, or heck even a year, but I will try to narrow it down to a week’s worth. So, here goes.
Thought I’d start with something not so emotional, even though this one gets me too! Thankfully I kept some delicious recipes, even though I can never imitate the real thing (neither can our “Japanese” restaurants in the states, just for the record.)
This first one. Just look at it. Even if you don’t know what it is you still know you want it cause its so beautiful.
Just wow. So as delicious as that meal was… it can’t beat my favorite:
My other favorite? Yakiniku, otherwise known as Korean BBQ.
An adventure with Kristen in Shinjuku
This one is unique to Japan- Okonomiyaki. (say that 5 times fast)
A combination of grilled egg, ham/pork, cabbage, noodles, dried fish and onions, and can’t forget the special sauce!
My husband’s personal favorite- SUSHI!
“Sushi-go-round” or “conveyor belt sushi.” Exactly as the name suggests.
Japan also has some of the best Chinese food around. Maaaybe even better than China, but don’t tell them I said that.
Sweet chili shrimp with steamed chinese buns and rice. with some kind of soup, who knows…
I haven’t had as much experience with this as some people, but I’ve enjoyed some at least. Themed food is becoming almost tradition in Tokyo…Check out some of the weirdest I had:
This. is. French Fries. In a bedpan. (At Alcatraz E.R. with Beka and RJ)
Syringe medical drink at The Lock Up
For sake of saving space and your time, I’ll move on to the next…
Talk about diversity!
COOLEST FIRST! That’s right, we drank HOT liquor…at an ICE BAR. Coolest and coldest night ever.
Ume (plum) liquor, in a juice box! Oh yea.
Green tea in Kyoto, with real gold flakes!
Starbucks specials are always the best. This one is the most popular- Sakura latte! Only found in early spring, (and my tummy cause its delicious.)
I could go on and on with those. But I’ll digress and move onto
They just don’t get any better. Here, nothings too sweet or too bitter… always juuuust right. Like
CREPES! Oh my goodness gracious. Has to be my FAVORITE sweet thing here.
Themed donuts! Halloweeeeeen
Chocolate. Covered. Potato chips. Need I say more?
GREEN TEA GREEN TEA GREEN TEAAAAA
And finally, my most prized collection…. KitKats.
So far I’ve had 21 flavors of KitKats, and counting!
Maybe I shouldn’t have started with this category, theres just so many! I narrowed it down from a lot, but I hope this gives you a taste of Japan and me a taste of home when I’m missing this great country. ❤