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  • Our need for food and fellowship are two of the main aspects of being human.

  • But how each culture expresses that in their food and gatherings is as different as night and day.

  • Today we're celebrating the confluence of cultures on Life in Japan!

  • Ok!

  • We got some cake. It's Aunt Pri's birthday and we are going to go celebrate.

  • My birthday is coming up! Your birthday is coming up too, I know. Exciting.

  • Gatherings and food are as old as humanity itself,

  • and if I were to ask you to name one food found around the world used for celebrations, what would your answer be?

  • Mine is none other than pizza!

  • So today's celebration is with pizza.

  • Now wait just a second.

  • I know you are saying, this is Life in Japan what does pizza have to do about life in Japan, that's not Japanese at all.

  • But I dare say that pizza can be found anywhere in the world, it's the most international food.

  • And every country has a different take on pizza.

  • And any discussion about international food would have to include desertcake!

  • Ruth is amazing in this department, always whipping up something wonderful for our celebrations.

  • Oh how beautiful!

  • In the time that Ruth and I have been married, we've lived several years along three different rivers:

  • the Mississippi in America, the Amazon in Brazil and the Tama in Japan.

  • While these countries are polar opposites culturally,

  • when you get away from the busy city and close to the river, it doesn't feel so far apart.

  • In each place, what people eat is closely tightly tied to the natural produce of the land.

  • Here, Ruth has made her own garden for cultivating food,

  • which for us in a mixture of American, Brazilian and Japanese cuisine.

  • This is my soy beans, and I've got some beans growing on it, lots of beans actually, but some are smaller.

  • My green onions that I need to replant.

  • My cucumbers. I've got some big ones growing.

  • My lettuce. More green onions and more lettuce, that is almost done.

  • My parsley, my green peppers. Those are really getting big. I need to put them in a bigger pot.

  • All my tomatoes! There are so many tomatoes on this plant!

  • It's going to be time to have spaghetti and pizza. And salsa!

  • So is this your therapy here? Yeah.

  • Getting to play some nintendo? Yeah.

  • You better watch this. He goes like this and jumps so high. Isn't that amazing?

  • Wow, that is amazing.

  • Time for some curry rice and then to juku. Oh my goodness. That's a lot of stuff all at once coming back.

  • (Becca talking in Japanese.)

  • Right, what's that mean?

  • Says you are going to use a milk box and make a toy!

  • Nice!

  • Well, I'm waiting for a good friend of mine. He is going to pick me up. I'm going to have lunch at his house.

  • It's going to be a good to meet up with him again. I haven't seen him since before the quarantine.

  • So this is exciting.

  • Today I came to Satoru-san's house.

  • We are going to have lunch.

  • Welcome to my house. Oh, very good!

  • The view from Satoru-san's house is very good.

  • Interesting. Olive oil

  • It's a rare kind of sushi that you eat with olive oil. I can't wait to try it.

  • Nothing is perhaps more Japanese than sushi.

  • And Satoru-san is treating me to a special treat of his own creation at his house today.

  • One thing I've noticed about a lot of Japanese men is that they can cook so well.

  • Satoru's European cafe.

  • Salt and olive oil.

  • Interesting? Is it good?

  • It's my first time having sushi with olive oil.

  • Wow, wonderful! Congratulations.

  • So it was such a good lunch and now I'm going to head off to my niece - it's her birthday party.

  • Little Evie is turning 2 so we are going to go celebrate.

  • Happy birthday!

  • How old are you Evie? Two!

  • Hey, guess what I heard? You didn't cry at all today at kindergarten. That's awesome!

  • When we get together, you'll find food from all of over the worldwe like it all!

  • Good food and fellowship help make a person whole!

  • If more people in the world developed healthy families and fellowship, there would be far less problems in society.

  • Thank goodness we can start meeting together again!

  • Oh my, you are a good student Anna.

  • Did you bring your homework to a birthday party, huh?

  • Wow, alright.

  • I got this. I got it! I do not get any points!

  • No points? Not yet. You gotta work for them.

  • Ok, go again Joshua. George. George!

  • Finally! Finally you got a match.

  • My turn. Oh, Sarah got a second match, huh?

  • Studying for your kanji test?

  • Oh, you are almost there and then you can go to bed. I'm so tired.

  • The kanji tests. Two of them on the second day of school!

  • It's been months since these tennis courts have been filled

  • and it's been months since this parking lot has been filled here.

  • It's super cool to see it start happening again.

  • And I think it's been months since it has been mowed.

  • Woah girls, you are being very studious.

  • What does that mean?

  • Studious means you have been a good student in studying, getting your homework done, being diligent.

  • What is diligent?

  • Diligent means you are being consistent. What is consistent?

  • You keep trying, you keep pushing forward

  • I have a lot of questions. What is consistent.

  • So what's the idea here? What are we doing?

  • Ok, so you are going to push against the door handle for 30 seconds as hard as you can with your arms like this.

  • And then you step out and relax and your arms just go...float up!

  • 3, 2, 1. Walk away.

  • It's so weird, its so weird!

  • Ok, Nate do it first. Yeah, Nate, Nate.

  • 3, 2, 1!

  • Just relax.

  • That is crazy!

  • You push it hard. As hard as you can.

  • Like you are trying to push the panels apart.

  • Oh weird. For one minute.

  • Then when you walk out, you step out, you just let your arms relax and you wait a moment,

  • because you have to wait a couple of seconds and then then arms start going up!

  • 3, 2, 1.

  • It's Ben's birthday,

  • Daichi, can you tell me what we are eating tonight.

  • What are we eating today?

  • We are eating yakiniku all together.

  • Is yakiniku famous in Japan?

  • It is the most famous food.

  • It's more famous than sushi.

  • Here is how you get everyone's attention to order.

  • Oh yeah! Load it up!

  • Boy, that is like an instant brain freeze!

  • Their yakiniku is here. You get it, put it on the grill,

  • You pray over it and say "itadakemasu" and go for it!

  • It might seem like we have birthday parties all the time, but the truth is that June is just full of them.

  • Ben decided to celebrate with some Yakiniku, Japan's version of BBQ.

  • Here we go...

  • Lots and lots of sauces. We got hot sauces and soy sauces, sweet sauces...

  • Too many to choose from

  • You have your plates here, and you put your sauces in it and as the meet comes off, you dip it in there and eat!

  • It looks delicious! It is.

  • Ramen, sushi, yakiniku!

  • Beef tongue. Beef tongue?

  • Is it just like when you bite into your tongue and go "ah man!" Yeah!

  • What do you have there, Daichi?

  • Reimancold ramen.

  • Cold ramen?! Ice cube in it?!

  • Finally, you can't talk about food in Japan without talking about bento, a take-out or home-made lunch that's typically made with rice.

  • What are you making?

  • I'm making some little bread rolls. This one's pepperoni and cheese and that one's ham and cheese.

  • Today Ruth is taking the bento idea and applying it to homemade sandwich rolls for our beach outing.

  • It's easy picnic food.

  • Our bentos are going with us to Yokosuka, a city at the inlet of Tokyo Bay.

  • We're going to a park that has a beach where the kids can play and swim and we can enjoy the views.

  • Here's the park Kannonzaki.

  • It's a big area.

  • Bentos are the perfect companion when exploring Japan's beautiful cities, oceans and mountainsall of which are in close proximity.

  • Good food and companionship is a blessing.

  • Oh my goodness!

  • We're exploring the little bit of beach you can get in here.

  • What did you find Sarah? A starfish!

  • Oh my goodness.

  • My first time ever!

  • Did I leave out your favorite food to eat in Japan?

  • If so, comment below, and as always, thanks for watching!

Our need for food and fellowship are two of the main aspects of being human.

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What We Eat in Japan When We're Together ? | Life in Japan Episode 59

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