This is the first year I was unable to celebrate Thanksgiving without my family and friends back in California (sob). Additionally, an American Thanksgiving is typically not celebrated by Japanese people. Despite being away from my loved ones, I was able to get a one-of-a-kind Thanksgiving experience in Japan.
Thanks to my CSU Coordinator, all of the CSU students attending Waseda University were able to dine at “The Pink Cow” in Roppongi, Tokyo for an authentic all-you-can-eat American Thanksgiving dinner.
At first I was a bit skeptical on how authentic the food would be and if they would have the same taste as home. *From my experience, most “American” restaurants in Japan usually have a Japanese-twist. I understand that this is to accommodate Japanese tastes… but no one should ever let this “culture shock” stop them from studying abroad!
All of the students, including myself, were blown away by the accuracy! There was turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes (so good!), mixed veggies, cranberry sauce, bread rolls, peach cobbler, brownies, and my favorite, PUMPKIN PIE (one of the best pumpkin pies I have ever eaten!).
Although the place was small and cramped, the food was delicious and I was to celebrate this holiday with my study abroad friends. I never expected to find a restaurant in Japan that would serve food that would taste like home. I am thankful for having the opportunity to live abroad in Japan and gain new experiences every day.. even in the most unexpected places and situation.
Happy Turkey Day everyone!
Although Thanksgiving comes once a year, you can still go to The Pink Cow for some California-style food and tacos. Check it out: http://www.thepinkcow.com/