TOKYO — A single of the factors I’ve been searching forward to the most in Japan is the foods.
Not that it is a great deal distinctive from the Japanese foodstuff I can get on Guam — but it has a lot more to do with the ecosystem.
Consider my 1st sit-down food here at the Tokyo Olympics. Immediately after a lengthy, lengthy working day of vacation, and a battery of COVID-19 paperwork and checks, I was finally settled into my lodge room just prior to midnight — also late for me to go out and investigate and locate a spot to consume.
I was privileged that my hotel has a 24-hour convenience mart, and even much more fortunate that it marketed hearty food stuff fare — much far more than one particular would be expecting from a usefulness retail store in Guam.
That is placing it frivolously. At this keep referred to as Lawsons, I experienced many foods to pick from. There were various varieties of sushi, meant to be eaten cold, as nicely as foods that had been just a moment in the microwave away from staying a food in good shape for a hungry king. Or journalist.
On this night, it would be a hamburger steak and rice, with a packet of gravy to turn my meal into soul foodstuff. To this, I would incorporate a side of thinly sliced ham — evident from what I could see through its plastic window — and a smidgen of kimchi that I preferred for its zest and pop.
I needed that tiny bit of secret and intrigue for my food, so I seemed for a thing that would continue to be a thriller till I opened it. I figured that the harder it was to read, the a lot more likely it was to taste great. Thinking of I just cannot browse Japanese, that intended a full environment should be open to me.
And so I picked and chose and brought it to the counter, and the extremely good man behind it made available to warmth all the things up for me. I thanked him with just one of the couple Japanese phrases I remembered from a course at the College of Guam, and though people dishes merrily steamed absent, I seemed for a excellent beverage to accompany my meal.
There seemed to be an affinity for fruit and citrus drinks in the beverage cooler, which suited me just wonderful. I selected an array that incorporated peach, orange, lemon and grapefruit.
Again at my room, I distribute out the food stuff, turned the Television set to the opening ceremonies and dug in.
The secret side dish turned out to be a stewed fish of some sort, probably tuna, which I liked comprehensively. The hamburger was delicious as predicted, the rice was cooked correctly, the ham was delicious and the kimchi provided the important twang my food required.
I first popped open the grapefruit drink and after the to start with sip, it stopped me in my tracks. Ugh. It was bitter, and its aftertaste was so powerful I could not take a different swig. A consume with a peach on it rescued me, and I was pleased to go on with my food.
There’s one more two weeks of foods ahead of me and many a lot more possibilities to feast on Japan’s choices. I cannot wait.
Probably most comforting is that even if I could not get out to explore, and even if I could not consume everywhere else but the convenience keep at my lodge, that would be just great with me.
As prolonged as I remember to keep away from anything at all with a grapefruit on it.