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New York Bagels. Japanese Style
Sunday. 9.2.07 4:17 pm
Its late afternoon outside Okayama Station, where our small squadron of Americans is congregating by an elegant fountain and discussing American stuff. Sex, money, and of course food. Delicious as Japanese home-style cooking may be, I have come to long for the simple New York days of pizza, burgers and other fast food. And so, when one of the girls in our group mentions that she saw a bagel shop just inside the station that morning, I suddenly leap to attention.

I immediately launch into a thorough interrogation of the girl. Where was this legendary shop? What had it looked like? And most importantly, how could I find it.

Five minutes later, I stood before its wonderful storefront. It was even better than I had anticipated. Not only had I discovered a bagel place, but it was actually named "New York Style Bagels". I begin to look over the menu... And then look up at the cashier in bewilderment.

"Hello," I say, "I am from New York."

"Oh, really?" She says with a smile.

"Yes." I respond. Then, doing my best to communicate an attitude of friendly confusion, I point to what appears to be a "shrimp and tofu" bagel on their menu and say (in the most coherent Japanese that I can muster) "We do not have this in New York."

"Oh, I see." She responds with a little chuckle.

With a resigned smile, I sigh and order myself a cream cheese bagel.
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5 Comments.


Exactly how long are you staying in Japan? This is turning out to be more than the small excursion I thought it to be.

But as the rule goes, you want what you don't have. I wouldn't mind switching places with you right now, I've had way too much fast food in the past week.
» The-Muffin-Man on 2007-09-03 12:55:48

It's been a while since your last post. :P

I don't think I'd eat a shrimp and tofu bagel either. It sounds... awful.
» randomjunk on 2007-09-03 02:22:03

=/ I thought Japanese eat a lot of fast food since they lead a pretty hectic lifestyle. Maybe in the area you're in, fast food are not popular.
» Nuttz on 2007-09-03 05:13:04

Yumm, shrimp and tofu. That sounds like it'd go well with...tabasco sauce.
» theZEBRA on 2007-09-16 05:08:28

when, oh when will MoDS return?
» Zanzibar on 2008-06-20 02:56:30

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