Just a shopping experience 2021.06.24
We were in American Village; a large, American-themed outdoor mall featuring shops, restaurants, a cinema and a ferris wheel. The heat of the day had us feasting on Blue Seal ice cream which I wrote about in my last blog. It was originally created in America and later popularised in Okinawa. The story continues. In 1963, Blue Seal moved out of the US base to its new home in Urasoe City, Maki Port (the current location of the main branch) and launched its history as an Okinawan ice cream company. Although ice cream was a rather expensive commodity at the time, many customers came to the shop to enjoy some. In 1976, the company name was changed from Foremost Ltd. to Foremost Blue Seal after the “Blue Seal” title from the Blue Ribbon Prize that is awarded to outstanding dairy products in the USA. After that, the brand became more deeply and widely established in the lives of Okinawan people. (Incidentally, the name of the parent company, Foremost Ltd. USA also comes from the “foremost title” which is given to the highest quality dairy cow to receive the blue ribbon award.) This brand is now affectionately referred to as Blue Seal by everyone, and is widely loved and supported as an Okinawan ice cream brand. The “orange book” is a treasure trove of over one hundred original ice cream recipes, born in America. With these secret recipes as their basis, Blue Seal ice cream was created to be light and refreshing, perfectly suited to the warm and humid climate of Okinawa. Prepared with plant oils, the ice creams have a special melt-in-the-mouth texture that cannot be found elsewhere. The company consistently offers over thirty flavors, including both classics and limited-time-only flavors, bringing the pleasures of Okinawan ice cream to a wide range of customers, from locals to tourists alike. The short break in the ice cream shop felt like only a brief escape from the blazing sun. As we set out to explore the complex and for my foreign friends to glean what a North American experience would be like, two minutes outdoors seemed like ten hours. I whipped out my Gatsby cool wipes and used the quickly vapourising alcohol to soothe and chill my skin. Our exploration yielded many food places, most of which were closed, a game arcade and a few souvenir shops. We spent some time in the arcade and shops but then hunger for a proper lunch sent us walking around again.
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