Groff’s Girl Guest Post From Japan

Hello Everyone!!  My name is Amanda and you can find me on my blog Groff’s Girl.  I am a military wife (currently living in Okinawa Japan), a mother to two boys, and a new runner!  I have always been into all other forms of exercise, but was convinced I could not run!  I began training and set a goal of running a 5K six weeks after I started to run….that 5K was today and I was able to bust it out with a 9:54/mi pace, which is very good for me!

 

 

There is a great support system between bloggers- recipes, motivation, food ideas, training plans, etc! It is always great to hear other people’s stories, their experiences, and their successes, so thank you for checking in to read a little bit about me and how I live!  Since I am living in Japan (moving to Germany for 4 years next month), I decided to share some of the great foods there are here!  It is really hard to NOT eat out a lot, because there are so many delicious options available!  If you like entertainment while you eat, this is one of the best places to go:

 

 

This is Four Seasons- a Teppanyaki Restaurant where they cook the food on the grill in front of you.  There is a ton of variety, the food is fresh, and each set comes with about 3-4 courses!  There is no way to leave this place without feeling like you have to undo a button or two!  They do some fun tricks and tool flipping while they cook, so it is always a fun place to go!

 

 

Next we have Coco’s Curry House!  There is probably not one person on this island (except me) who has NOT eaten here.  I plan on going for the first time this week, just so I can try it and hope my guts don’t rot from the spiciness!  There are 28 kinds of Curry toppings and a Mild Curry Rice and a Regular Spicy Curry Rice without toppings, so there are 30 kinds of Curry Rice.  That must sound like a “Bubba from Forrest Gump shrimp list” when they tell you all of the ways you can eat it!

 

 

Other mentions must be made to the NUMEROUS Soba Noodle Houses, the Okinawans love their noodles (and so do I).  You can get lots of stuff mixed into them, and they are also very easy to prepare at home!!  It often feels like the never-ending bowl- but that is when you ask for the rest to be take-out…this means you get your soba in a bag to take home!!


 

Lastly, let’s take a look at SUSHI…there is no way to talk about Japanese food without mentioning how many varieties are available!!  They have Sushi-Go-Rounds, Raw, Cooked, Kid Sushi, rolled sushi, fried sushi…the list goes on!!  You just grab what you want and go to town!  I don’t do the raw fish thing, it’s not the taste, it’s the texture!  I love some good sushi rolls, I could eat A LOT, especially the ones that are sized for a child…I have a problem not looking like a pig when I try to stuff in a full piece (adult sized)!

 

You can even get it to go…

 

On the home front, we like to cook with whatever cool items we find at the markets!  There are: dragon fruit, goya, purple sweet potato, many kinds of roots, and even yellow carrots!!  I have tried a lot of stuff here, that I never would have done if I were in the states!!  The downside to living overseas is that sometimes you really just want some food/ingredients that you just cannot get!  I have become a fan of “on-line pantry shopping).  I get peanut flour, chia seeds, raw coconut, coconut oil, all natural fudge sauces, sweeteners, whole wheat flour, and flax (just to name a few).  Sometimes I get bummed out when I cannot order and get access to certain things, but that is how I learn to invent/modify/explore new tastes and flavors!!  So if you ever come to Japan, make sure to get your fill of these extremely delicious and fun experiences!!  As for me, I will need to start prepping my taste buds from Asian to German fare!!!

Sayonara from Groff's Girl

 

Thank you all for reading and for being such amazing fans of Lisa- who could NOT be inspired by this amazing chic???  Happy Saturday (Japanese time) 🙂

QUESTIONS: What item would you LOVE to have straight from Japan?  If you have been to Japan, do you think the Japanese restaurants in the States taste as good?  What is your favorite Japanese dish?

Lisa’s Note: Thank you so much for sharing Amanda! Japan is one of the places I would love to go and it’s so cool to read Amanda’s blog and live vicariously through her. Sushi is something that I always crave, and never get sick of. Congratulations on running your first 5k Amanda. Looking forward to reading about your running adventures in Germany! 🙂

7 Responses

  1. This was so fun to read! I hope you all are okay in Japan after what has happened. I imagine things are much changed.

    1. We were safe here on island. It was very scary and heart wrenching to see the worry and concern for family members and friends on the mainland. I teach at a Japanese school, a teacher’s family lives right where it hit. She waited 3 days to hear anything and luckily they are safe. It is surreal to be so close to this devestation! I was able to have all of my students (and others in the school) bring in whatever warm clothes, baby items, etc that they had to give and on of my parents (a student’s parents) had them shipped directly to a shelter. It is difficult to not be able to do more at this time!! I am grateful for my safety and now am just praying for others to be safe!

  2. I enjoyed your post Amanda. We had Japanese exchange students stay with us when I was in highschool.learning about their culture was so much fun. What has been the most interesting thing you’ve learned in living there?

    Congrats on your first race!

    1. There are so many things I have learned, but one important one would be respect. You give and receive respect A LOT here! Many times it is with a bow (which I do constantly out of habit). When you enter a home, a store, or any place that you woudl greet a person, you bow. If you are in the car, or somewhere that you are not standing, you bow your head. When you say good-bye or thank you- you bow. I just bow all of the time as a sign of respect whether it is required or not! People are kind, accomodating and sincerely want to be generous to one another! It is nice to see people treat others (complete strangers) with respect and care!

      Lisa- you are totally right! I just blogged about running another 5K yesterday 🙂

      1. I also had Japanese exchange students –in middle school I think? And I was pen pals with them when they went home. I remember the respect thing. It’s very cool and it’s a shame other cultures aren’t more like that.

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