Seattle has a wonderful diverse community and I would agree that the Japanese American community is “sort of” there. If you’ve traveled to Japan, you know it’s a lot of fun and a great place to visit and I know Japan is known for good food, cars, technology, anime, videogames and other cultural aspects. Although I grew up in Los Angeles, there was a district called Little Tokyo that was heavily decorated and surrounded with Japanese restaurants that specialized in an array of different and delicious dishes. My experience in Seattle was a bit sad when it came to the Japanese food. I don’t really care about ultra-violent Japanese video games and modified street cars, I find them kind of boring but the food; it sucks. Its a struggle to find good Japanese food in Seattle. It’s either too salty or too bland.
There is a Japanes Garden in Seattle. It’s beautiful during the summer and fall. They have other subcultures inside the International District and I did get lucky and find a pretty good Japanese restaurant called Maneki. It’s delicious!!!! It’s the closest thing to my mom’s homestyle Japanese cooking. As far as the night life in Seattle, it’s a few karaoke places but nothing compares to that in Japan so we should be happy that we even have that. There’s a few sushi places that are decent but it’s really mediocre and I know a lot of people rave about Genki sushi. It’s really not that great. Momiji is fucking good but a bit more expensive and modernized version of Japanese food. I don’t mind eating modernized Japanese food but not watered-down or altered with ingredients that aren’t part of the original sauces and spices. Yeah, I understand that people like experimenting with stuff but keep some of the traditional sauces intact. No light version or adding sriracha hot sauce on everything. To me, that’s like ordering a filet mignon and throwing ketchup on it or adding sugar on top of a choclate cake.
On a lighter note, there are small events like the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington that promote educational and the cultural arts of Japan. So I want to make a quick lesson on the basics. We all love the basics. It’s when we start having deep conversations in Japanese, the shit gets really complicated.
How are you?
お元気ですか？ (o genki desu ka)
お早うございます / おはようございます (ohayō gozaimasu)
Thank You Very Much
どうもありがとうございます (dōmo arigatō gozaimasu)
おめでとうございます (omedetō gozaimasu)
I am Ken Fujimoto. Nice to meet you / Please be kind to me
私は藤本賢です。よろしくおねがいします。 (watashi wa Fujimoto Ken desu, yoroshiku onegaishimasu)