May 8, 2019

May 8th Gōya Day

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May 8th in Okinawa is Gōyā ( or gōya; Okinawan bitter melon) Day!

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Gōyā champuru (Okinawan bitter melon dish). A photo taken by pelican, on August 11, 2013. (CC-BY-SA 2.0)

People in Okinawa eat gōyā in many ways, but the most well-known dish is gōyā champurū. According to Nihon daihyakka zensho (日本大百科全書、ニッポニカ), champurū (or chanpurū) means, “a dish in which tofu is used as the main ingredient.”

Did you know that in Malay and in Indonesian, the word “campur” means “mix/stir?” “Nasi campur” is “mixed rice” in Indonesian. The sound campur is very similar to “champurū.”

A scholar named Yamamoto Akiko wonders if champurū might have its origin in Indonesia when the Okinawan soldiers came back to Okinawa from Indonesia after the WWII.

Yamamoto, Akiko. (2017). “Amerika-yu to tabemono,” in Booklet borders, No. 4, Nichijōka sareta kyōkai: sengo no Okinawa no kioku o tabisuru. (Nagoya-shi : Kokkyō Chiiki Kenkyū Sentā, 2017), 46-47. 山本章子、「アメリカ世と食べ物」、『日常化された境界: 戦後の沖縄の記憶を旅する』(名古屋市:国境地域研究センター、2017年)、46-47頁。

Call Number: EAST DS894.99.O375 Y37 2017