June 22, Aloha, Kakiuchi-san!
Local Style Picnic
This past Tuesday we packed up the hibachi and beach chairs for a picnic at Ala Moana Beach Park. We planned this local-style gathering as a “sayonara” and “thank you” to a long-time associate and friend, Kakiuchi-san.
It was Kakiuchi-san’s first barbecue. Many of my Japanese friends have often told me they watch the local picnics in envy as they cook huge slabs of meat, sit around a goza mat, and have a great time. Hawaii’s many beautiful parks and beaches also contribute to an inviting change from the busy streets of Tokyo.
During the two years I lived in Japan, I enjoyed many Japanese-style barbecues, but they were never the same as those I remembered at home. Instead of steaks, Portuguese sausages, and hot dogs, we grilled mostly vegetables. Many times the barbecues were at someone’s house, instead of a nice park, and were limited to just a couple of families. Food in Japan is so much more expensive than in Hawaii, and I wouldn’t be surprised if our bell pepper and mushroom cookouts there cost more than the steaks in Hawaii.
Like many local get-togethers, Tuesday’s picnic was a potluck. Joy brought the steaks, Lori packed the coolers with drinks, I ordered the noodles, Malia got some veggies, and her mother cooked the rice. Matthew brought along his bocci ball game, and everyone invited their families, and lugged their goza mats and beach chairs from home. Everyone enjoyed themselves and had a great time.
Here’s a checklist for a typical local-style barbecue:
* Meat (steaks, hot dogs, sausages, etc.)
* Rice or musubis
* Veggie sticks
* Noodles or pasta salad
* Chips and snacks
* Soda and juice
* Cooler and ice
* Goza mats
* Beach chairs
* Volleyball or any game
* Swim clothes and towels
* Hibachi, charcoal and lighter
* Knives, tongs, serving plates, and other cooking utensils
* Paper plates, utensils, napkins
* Lanterns or flashlights for nighttime
If you don’t have a local friend to ask for help, try somewhere like Kakaako Park, that has areas for picnickers to barbecue. Otherwise, you will have to bring your own hibachi.（注：Hibachiとはバーベキュー・グリルのこと。日系ローカルではなぜかヒバチと呼ばれる）
Everyone has their own style of picnicking. Find what you like best, and enjoy Hawaii-a beautiful place for a picnic!
This week’s point: Hawaiian salt
Kakiuchi-san asked us about “Hawaiian salt.” It’s a kind of salt that we use a lot here in Hawaii, but is not common in Japanese supermarkets. We use it a lot to season our steaks and meats, and as a seasoning for many other things. The grains of salt are much larger than regular salt, but you can buy it at any local supermarket in Hawaii. Go to the seasoning aisle, and you’ll find it in a small plastic bag. It’s very inexpensive, so please try it!
Susan Sensei’s English Lesson #34（スーザン先生の英語講座 その34）
For two years I taught English in Japan, and was “スーザン先生” to my students in Ikaho town, Gunma Prefecture. I will try and introduce new words and phrases for the Japanese visitor to Hawaii. Here is this week’s situation:
“Thank you for everything. Please keep in touch.”
ホテルやお店の人だったら「またお会いしましょう（See you again)」でもいいかもしれません。Have a nice trip!
|Loco Girl’s Profile（ロコ・ガールのプロフィール）
Born in Hilo, I grew up going fishing with Dad, shopping with Mom, and trying to be a good “big sister” to a younger sister and brother. A Waiakea High School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa alumni, I taught English in Japan for two years on the JET Program, and am now employed at PacRim Marketing Group, Inc. I love doing a lot of things-shopping, reading, lettering, making jewelry & crafts, watching Friends-and that’s just the start of my list! I like being busy, and am active with the JET Alumni Association (JETAA) and the Honolulu Junior Japanese Chamber of Commerce (HJJCC.) My family and friends are, of course, very important to me, and are why I live a very typical, happy, local-style life in Hawaii and will never leave!