Ramblings of a hungry foreigner in Japan June 08, 2016 16:10
Apple sauce, almonds, oatmeal and pie. These are a few of my favorite things - a few things I have not had the pleasure of tasting in many months. Japan is a place of beauty and culture and it is a great experience to live here, however, one thing Japan is lacking is all of my favorite foods from home. You might search for miles and spend all your money just to find your favorite cheese, and bread other than plain white is like a needle in a haystack. If you have a gluten intolerance, say sayonara to bread or crackers or sweets!
If you have a particular taste for tacos or western deserts you'll find yourself in a pinch, as almost all the food in Japan in Japanese. Even the pizza and hamburgers have a Japanese spin on them. Corn and mayonnaise pizza? No thanks!
There are many a times I've lain in bed dreaming of figs and root vegetables that didn't cost me an arm and a leg, and certainly there will be a day when I can eat all my favorite breakfast cereals again. But when that day comes, I know it will be a bitter sweet reunion with all my beloved foods. The cost will be high, for during a visit home last year, I realized the lack of Western food in Japan strongly mirrored the lack of Japanese food in the West.
Sure there are lots of sushi restaurants at home, but sushi is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Japanese cuisine.
Chocolate cheesecake may taste sweet, but what resentment I'll feel when I had to sacrifice mochi and ramen restaurants to get it! How will I carry on without Japanese pumpkin or eggplant. I don't want just pickles made from cucumbers, I want pickles of any vegetable I can think of. Bye-Bye tempura and soba. See you later onigiri rice balls at every convenience store. I know I can get pork dumplings and miso soup at home but it's really not the same.
Fortunately, I have peace of mind, knowing that all the best Japanese sweets and snacks can be delivered from Japan to my home when I leave this magical place.
I don't have to part ways with my favorite Pocky, or with DIY candy kits. I can even have Gudetama and Anpanman follow me home, and carry on experiencing the unique and exciting products that I can only find in Japan, and that is where I find the strength to carry on.