When we were younger and in the early days of our relationship, Rob & I put a lot of effort into Valentine’s Day. For us, the day rarely consisted of the traditional candy & flowers but instead, we would usually try to make a day of it by going to do something fun in the city. As the years passed, & we wanted to put our money elsewhere, those Seattle dates turned into a simple dinner somewhere in town, more than likely one of the Mexican restaurants because it’s the one we can usually agree on.
This year, Valentine’s Day was a little different in the fact that we were in Japan! This was actually our second consecutive Valentine’s Day in Japan so that’s kinda neat. However, it’s much the same in the fact that we went out for a simple, low key dinner not too far from where we’re staying. We are those people who have difficulty agreeing on a place to eat because we tend to enjoy different foods. I wanted to go out for udon (I am in Japan, after all!) & Rob actually agreed, but it was obvious he wasn’t excited about it. Somehow, we ended up on the top floor of More’s City at a “Western” style restaurant literally just called ” Steak & Hamburger Shop.” Rob has mentioned trying this place a couple of times and I’ve never been interested, but he works so much while he’s over there, & he’s constantly exhausted, so he doesn’t go out to eat often. I’ve spent less time in Japan than he has but evenso, I’m certain I’ve tried more restaurants than he has so I decided to let him choose where to have dinner. Anyway, you know how everything in America is Americanized? The American version of Italian food is different than what you would find in Italy, or the menu at a Chinese restaurant in America will differ from that of a Chinese restaurant in China? Well, at this restaurant, what they call a burger varies slightly from what we’re used to ordering! The “western” menu isn’t quite what you would see at an All American place back home. Their burger is more like a unique version of a salisbury steak. Most restaurants we’ve encountered open in the late morning or early afternoon, so the good news is that, even though it was nearly 5pm, we ordered just before the lunch menu ended so our meal was only like $20. If I’m being honest… it wasn’t our favorite meal but it was a good time nonetheless! Plus, we were together and that was the important thing. Being on the ninth story of the mall, we had quite a view overlooking Yokosuka & were seated directly in front of the window so that was a sweet deal!
This is our eleventh Valentine’s Day together!
Since I wanted to stick with Japanese food, I opted for the Japanese curry, one of the only Japanese options available. I admit, Japanese curry isn’t my favorite and this specific dish was interesting. Japanese curry is mild & made with different flavors versus Indian curry, which is my absolute favorite. They also provided an all you can eat salad bar but with my huge plate of curry and rice, a single trip to the salad bar was enough! Anyway, it was an experience.
Valentine’s Day isn’t a THAT big of a deal in Japan. They do tend to cater to tourists a little bit, so here & there, you’ll see some novelty gifts or the candy stores will set up outdoor booths, but Japan isn’t a Christian country so it makes sense that they wouldn’t celebrate St. Valentine, the Patron Saint of Love, even if the holiday is mostly about retail sales at this point. It is celebrated but not on such a grand scale as what we do in America. I’ve read several places that for them, Valentine’s Day is more about women gifting men and then exactly one month later, on March 14th, Japan celebrates “White Day,” which is when men reciprocate.
Side note: St. Valentine was also the Saint of Epilepsy and beekeepers. Who knew?
After dinner, we returned home, watched some reruns of Grey’s Anatomy, had a couple rum and cokes & spent the evening together.
As I write this, I am sitting on the Seattle ferry, wishing Rob was riding it with me. Only six weeks to go until he’s back home with me!