Enjoying it while it lasts…

by Tokyo Terrace on May 10, 2012

As many of you know from my last post, we are saying sayonara to our life in Tokyo. In a month we will be relocating to Denver, Colorado. It will be quite an adjustment living in the U.S. again, but before I have to deal with that transition, I’m trying to take in all that I can here in Tokyo. Just yesterday, I was walking around our neighborhood thinking about how difficult this move is going to be. I feel like I became an adult in Tokyo. That may sound silly being that 30 is just around the corner for me. I should have already done that growing up thing, right? But it’s true. Leaving everything familiar for a life on this island called Japan took more growing up than I have ever had to do. And I am grateful for that.

I’ve been trying to think of what I will miss the most when our time here is through. The list is endless, really. I’ll miss the produce vending machines that are filled with locally grown vegetables daily, the train station and its surrounding restaurants and shops, our cozy little apartment that we’ve made into a home…and the food. Yes, of course the food.

Shortly after hearing that we would be moving, Brad and I decided to make dinner with ingredients that will be difficult if not impossible to find (or afford) in Denver. This donburi is what came of our findings. Salmon and kanpachi sashimi with creamy uni (sea urchin) piled over homemade sushi rice. Simple yet indulgent. And definitely not something we will frequently eat after our move.

Yes, we are making the most of our last weeks in Tokyo. And also growing more and more anxious for the next chapter. There is some exciting news on that front; we bought a house! It’s a definite fixer-upper, but we are so thrilled to have a home that will be all ours. We will be spending a lot of time renovating the interior of the home and truth be told I’m quite happy about this project. It’s amazing to think that in the next couple of months we will be going from life based on walking, trains, bicycles and apartment living to a house, backyard, and cars. Yikes.

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  • Scott .

    Wow, that bowl of uni, salmon and kanpachi would cost a fortune here! That looks so delicious. And the produce vending machine? That is awesome! 

  • johan.l

    I love uni, and everything else in that bowl.  Sad to hear you’re leaving Japan but sounds like u’ve got a great new life in a few weeks to begin.  I’ve never been to Japan but I will soon head there in a couple of months, can’t wait!

  • http://www.brokenrecord.ca/foodblog camille

    I’m interested to see how this blog transforms once it’s located in Denver – I’m sure there will be plenty of fascinating differences to highlight.

    And, selfishly, I hope I can learn some things to do or places to eat in Denver since I’m going to be there at the end of July and I’ve never been (the Air Guitar national championships are there this year, and my husband competes… that’s right).

  • http://www.italianinthemidwest.com/ PolaM

    Have a good trip!

  • http://twitter.com/ShanaGraves Chic Banana

    I’ll be sure to keep following you once you leave Japan. Looking forward to what delicious creations you’ll be making in the future.

    Here’s the link to our interview: http://lovehatebake.com/2012/05/14/tokyo-terrace-an-interview-with-rachael/

  • http://www.vodkitchen.com Jon @ vodkitchen

    I thought myself knowledgable about Tokyo after several stays there… but the produce vending machine took me by surprise! I’ve never seen something like that.

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