“I love being Asian American. I love being Japanese American. Our history, our culture, our world perspective … our food … everything that it entails, I love. And it is this kind of love and joy we take in being ourselves that we tried to capture in “Infinity & Chashu Ramen.””
I’m a JA girl who celebrates Girls’ Day with mochi and pancakes, so I can’t expect authenticity in traditions. This year, as we took our young daughters, I couldn’t help feeling a certain nostalgia for a different kind of hanami, perhaps even a desire for a broader awareness of this tradition in Seattle.
So why celebrate? Part of the answer lies in presence: the desire to be connected with family, with some of the intentions of Girls’ Day: a day to wish the girls happiness in their futures: a day to sit around a table and share food. And yet part of why we celebrate Girls’ Day also lies in distance.