Originally Posted by J Arcane
Springfield is a suburban hell. That name is not a coincidence, it is actually the town for which the Simpsons' home is named. Matt Groening is from Eugene.
There are any number of good Japanese restaurants in Portland, the area has a high population of Japanese and other Asian immigrants. The Beaverton/Aloha area these days is mostly populated by Asian-American families and even has it's own Uwajimaya store (though it's a lot more run down and less well equipped than the more famous one in Seattle.)
I find Springfield infinitesimally more accessible and likable than Eugene however.