America in Japan 2021.06.17
A new day dawned. What had been decided as the day’s leisure activities? I will tell you one thing, being an older person such as I am and hanging out with young, active people is really tiring. I mostly kept up with their schedule but I think at least one day of a vacation should be spent doing nothing. The itinerary however did not seem too taxing. We were heading to the American Village to get a taste of the States in the eastern side of the world. To be honest, news reports had relayed the angst of the Okinawan people towards the Americans living on their island. There is an American base located in Okinawa and most of the foreign residents there are American. The Americans were being held responsible for the rampant spread of the virus on the island. After the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II in Asia, the United States Armed Forces assumed administrative authority in Japan. The Japanese Imperial Army and Navy were decommissioned, and the U.S. Armed Forces took control of Japanese military bases until a new government could be formed and positioned to reestablish authority. Allied forces planned to demilitarize Japan, and new government adopted the Constitution of Japan with a no-armed-force clause in 1947. In 1951, the Treaty of San Francisco was signed by the allied countries and Japan, which restored its formal sovereignty. At the same time, the U.S. and Japan signed the Japan-America Security Alliance. By this treaty, USFJ is responsible for the defense of Japan. As part of this agreement, the Japanese government requested that the U.S. military bases remain in Japan, and agreed to provide funds and various interests specified in the Status of Forces Agreement. When we stepped off the bus and walked into the village, it was like being in California or Santa Monica. The feeling was amplified by the hot weather that was draining most of the energy out of us. To counter the weather, we headed for the most popular ice cream shop in Okinawa, Blue Seal. There is also some interesting history behind this brand. Blue Seal is a specialty ice cream brand that was born in America and raised in Okinawa. In 1948, USA-based Foremost Ltd. established a factory in the Tengan Military Base, Gushikawa City (now Uruma City) to supply dairy products essential for US military personnel stationed in Okinawa. This was the beginning of Blue Seal’s history. Back in those days, Foremost’s products were valuable commodities, only available inside the base, and rarely encountered by the local people of Okinawa.
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