Originally Posted May 18, 2007
It’s been several days since me and fellow comedian, W. Kamau Bell arrived here in Okinawa, Japan for our tour. The following is a brief list of the things I’ve done since being in japan:
1) Eaten a chocolate chip cookie at Starbucks (tasted more like a bran cookie).
2) Had some kinda egg burger at Mcdonald’s.
3) Eaten breakfast several times at Macaroni Grill (not gonna recommend that).
4) Religiously watched the game show “1 vs 100″ every day (I’d never watched it before).
And this is an even shorter list of things I’ve managed to NOT do since being in Japan:
1) See japan. Believe me, I’ve tried, but everytime someone tells us we should go to a certain “hot spot” here in Okinawa, we get there only to realize it’s a massive department store. I can’t believe I got suckered into going to a place called american village.
2) Eaten or even seen Japanese food. The freeze dried noodles that I got from the base grocery store do not count. Then there was the egg burger from McDonald’s with the mysterious sauce. We don’t have it on our McDonald’s menu, so that’s about as close as I’ve been to actual Japanese cuisine. I should explain: We’ve been staying and performing on military bases all week. And, because the U.S. military is everywhere out here, it’s been a little difficult to get a taste of true Japanese culture, Japanese people and, well, Japan.
My favorite part about being in Japan, however, has just been being a black guy walking through the streets of Japan, because from time to time, this kind of thing happens: Casually walking through American Village, we spot a group of young ladies shopping – or rather, they spot us. Then it turns to pointing and giggling, and the next thing you know, they’re taking pictures with us…with their cameras and ours. I’m still not sure if any of them realized that we were just visiting, or if they thought we were actual American Village attractions paid to just walk around and take photos with people. I mean, I guess if Disneyland can have a giant mouse walking around the park, why can’t a place called American Village have two black guys.