OBAMA town

During all the Obama hooplah today, I learned something pretty interesting...there is a town in Japan named Obama...and they are celebrating this win as much as many Americans are.

{Obama (小浜市 Obama-shi) is a city located in Wakasa Area of Fukui Prefecture}

Here is a snippet of an article from Reuters
By Toshi Maeda) :

Hundreds of residents in the sleepy Japanese fishing port of Obama sang and danced on Wednesday to try to cheer up Barack Obama after his winning steak in the U.S. presidential primaries stalled.

Wearing colorful T-shirts and headbands with the logo "I Love Obama", residents gathered at a public hall, singing songs and shouting "Obama, Obama, Obama!"

Around the town, businesses are selling everything from T-shirts, fish burgers and cakes to chopsticks with Obama's name.

{Obama means "little beach" in Japanese}

This is what Wiki says about the towns relationship with President-elect Barack Obama:

After the city of Obama noted the rise of Barack Obama as an American politician and as the 2008 Democratic presidential candidate, they decided to use the common name to boost publicity for the town. It began when the U.S. SenatorTBS where he noted that, when passing through customs in Narita Airport, an official looking at his visa noted that he was from Obama.The Obama City Hall heard about the interview and the then mayor, Toshio Murakami, sent Senator Obama a set of the city’s famous lacquer chopsticks, a DVD about the city and a letter wishing him the best. As Senator Obama's 2008 United States Democratic Presidentialmanjū gave a 2006 interview with Japanese television network campaign began to grow, more local businesses began to organize primary parties and post "Go Obama!" posters, sell "I love Obama" T-shirts, and produce with Senator Obama's face on them.

Senator Obama has since thanked the town for their gifts and support, saying "I look forward to a future marked by the continued friendship of our two great nations and a shared commitment to a better, freer world".

There are a number of Japanese with the surname Obama though the American Senator is of Kenyan Luo heritage; it is not uncommon for Japanese and East African names to sound alike.

{above photos from wiki.com, welt online welt.de }

I do not normally get too into politics, but I could not be more excited about the turnout of the election. After what our country has endured for the last 8 years with that greedy little redneck running things...we need this change. I think it will be a positive one at that :)



Over the weekend we went to our favorite Asian market called Lee Lee Market {located in Chandler, AZ} . We go at least once a week to stock up on our favorite goodies, and it's amazing to us that no matter what day of the week, or what time for that matter, the market is ALWAYS buzzing with swarms of people! It's not just the market there either, there is a strip mall next to it that would remind you of a mini China town. You can go shopping for some BOBA tea, asian dvds/music, kawaii gifts, eat some Dim Sum , and go to the Manila bakery for just about anything you could imagine.

As far as our goodies, this time we got some fresh DẦU CHÁO QUẢY , which the twins had for the first time and LOVED, also some pork filled buns, fresh baked cheese bread, frozen dim sum {which is soooo not as good as the fresh stuff btw!}, and of course some pork potstickers {my fave}. We buy our meats here as well, they have a great selection, and the fish and produce sections are just as big! I love that the aisles are seperated by country too, it makes finding things a lot easier.

Also located in the strip mall is our favorite Vietnamese restaurant called Pho Van, where we usually grab some lunch. Not only is the food drool worthy, the place is always so clean and the staff is very friendly, they always remember us. I have yet to try the Pho because I am stuck on the same Bun dish every time, I love it, and can't bring myself to order anything else. I will probably miss this place the most when we do get re-stationed . I have looked up the recipe for Bun Thit Nuong Tom Cha Gio as it does not seem to be too difficult and Lee Lee's has everything I need to make it, but I know it will never taste quite as good.

{Lee Lee's photo from yelp.com & Bun photo from pho-van.com}