Today I wanted to take some time to talk about my grandmother Toshiko, or Toshi for short. On March 31st, 1936, she was born in Wakkanai, Hokkaido. Wakkanai is the northern most city in Japan, and is extremely cold. In 1959, she met my grandfather, Ross, an American soldier stationed in Wakkanai. Together they had four children, my two aunts, my uncle and my father. Throughout my life, grandma has shown me all the ways she combined Japanese and American cuisine. For example, she makes this red S&B curry/Cambell’s tomato soup dish called Chicken Bombay. It’s absolutely heavenly! She never taught me Japanese though… I really wish she did.
Recently, I received a message from second cousin, Tomomi, in Sapporo to come and visit. Now, in March, Ryan and I will take a trip to meet her! I’m so excited to finally see my Japanese family!
See y’all in class!