Monday, December 25, 2006

Christmas, Japanese-style

For some reason, to the Japanese, Christmas = cake, specifically cake with strawberries (they're red!) and white icing (looks like snow?!). I'd really like to know who introduced this 'tradition' to Japan as it's now standard and my students never believe me when I tell them strawberry shortcake reminds me of summer, not Christmas. But as the saying goes, and add in H's sweet tooth, what harm does a little cake do? Our Christmas dinner in pictures:



Merry Christmas!
However you celebrate, I hope you have a wonderful day!

10 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas, Nat! I've been away from your blog for several days and am about to peruse all your recent pictures. But first, yummmmm! That cake looks fabulous. Might have to make it a new Christmas tradition in this household. :) Enjoy your day and thanks for your friendship!

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  2. Oohhhh my goodness. I would give my left kidney for some sushi. We don't have any Christmas plans today, so I think I'll call the local Japanese restaurant and see if they're open. MMMM!

    Merry Christmas!

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  3. Oh, wow, what a great-looking meal! Unusual for a Christmas meal, maybe, but it looks terrific! You take the best photos.

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  4. Hi Les, thank you too!
    The cake was actually pretty yummy! The store was so packed with people buying cakes of various shades of red and white, when I went earlier in the day. Quite funny.

    Andi, this was our 2nd annual Christmas sushi - a new tradition! :P

    Nancy, yes a little unusual for Christmas but the nice/lazy thing about it is I didn't have to make anything!

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  5. Oh wow. Just wow. I'm droooooling looking at that cake. It looks delicious!

    Merry Christmas Nat!

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  6. Yummy! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a marvelous last few days of 2006!

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  7. Merry Christmas! Hope your holiday is wonderfully bookish!

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  8. How very beautiful! I didn't know you are a teacher. What grade, what subject? I taught fifth grade in Germany, to American students living there, and it was one of the great experiences of a life time. I envy your opportunity to live in Japan, even if they eat a summer cake in winter. :)

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  9. Merry Christmas to you, Nat. Hope yours was a great one :) That cake looks soooooo yummy!

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  10. Thanks Heather, Carl, Heather, Ex Libris.
    Christmas is pretty minor here, New Year's is the main event. We'll be off in a couple of days to celebrate with the in-laws.

    Bellezza, I teach ESL. Last time I was in Japan I taught business English classes all over Tokyo at various companies. This time, I'm teaching a couple of small group classes for a local English school, and then I'm mainly doing private lessons/tutoring. Keeps me busy but is much less stressful this way.

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