Sunday, December 23, 2007

Christmas 2007

Whew! Yesterday* was a busy day! First we went to an import supermarket to pick up a few supplies for Christmas dinner. Then to Shinjuku to pick up our Christmas cake.
Some of the Christmas lights on display there. Then we stopped off at home to put the cake in the fridge before heading out again for our 3rd annual 'Christmas' sushi. (When we moved back to Japan, we started a tradition of eating sushi at Christmas!) The sushi chef and a sample of what we had. Then back home to eat our Christmas cake. If you were around last year (click on the link to see what we had last year) you might remember me telling you that for some reason the Japanese think Christmas cake is the essential Christmas food. And it usually has strawberries and whipped cream because red and white are Christmas colours! This year though we decided to have something a little different and H chose this German chocolate and nuts creation. Tonight we'll have a mini Western style Christmas dinner just the 2 of us.

*Dec. 23rd is the Emperor's Birthday and a National Holiday. Since it fell on a Sunday this year, today is also a day off. Tomorrow though, the 25th, is back to work, just a regular day.

26 comments:

  1. What an interesting looking cake! The 25th is your day back to work? How weird! LOL!

    Come check out my Weekend Snapshot if you get a chance! :)

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  2. Yummy!

    thanks for sharing those wonderful shots.

    Merry Christmas!

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  3. Sushi for Christmas dinner!? That's a great idea! I'll have take-away tonight.
    Merry Christmas!

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  4. Wow, I think the cake looks really fabulous and since it's made in Japan, I know the taste is really great! How many days will you consume it? :-)

    The sushi -- hmmm..I can only eat the egg roll in that group!

    Merry Christmas, Nat and H! and to the cats, of course.

    From Grace in Dubai

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  5. Great shots! I love sushi, and the cake looks good.

    Merry Christmas.

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  6. Lovely shot of the lights display in Shinjuku. Lived in Ryogoku before and I miss the food so much. Seeing your photos makes me crave for futomaki and I miss the maron cake.

    I wish you and your family a blessed Christmas.

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  7. That cake looks marvelous. To create such wonderful confections is an art, to be sure. Sounds like you had a nice Christmas meal.

    God bless, and happy birthday to the emperors here and in heaven!

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  8. That German chocolate cake looks really delicious! Let me have a bite. :D Happy holidays!

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  9. That sounds so different from the kind of Christmas I'm used to! But very interesting too. That cake looks yummy.

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  10. Very festive here!Oh I love Sushi and that cake looks so YUMMY.
    Happy Holidays

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  11. Wonderful pictures, especially the lights on the tree. Thanks for sharing. How is the susi there? I've only tried it at buffets here and didn't like it too much. Great Tex-Mex food here, though!

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  12. Cake is essential anytime food! :)
    Sounds like a wonderful way to spend Christmas. Wishing you a happy holiday!

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  13. As always thanks to everyone for stopping by. I hope you all have a happy Christmas, if you celebrate it.

    Natalie- New Year's is the main event here so everyone has some time off then.

    Grace- Thanks! Merry Christmas to you too! I'm not sure I should admit it but the cake is gone so it only lasted 2 days! H did eat most of it. :P

    Nymeth- LOL! No doubt it's pretty different. But we figure "when in Japan..." :P

    Sharon- Sushi here is usually good although it can vary depending on the shop. The restaurant we went to though always seems to be good quality. You'll just have to come to Japan to try the real stuff some day! I wouldn't mind some good Tex-Mex. :)

    Iliana- True! :)
    Hope you have a happy holiday too!

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  14. Sushi and cake!?! You do know how to live!

    Happy Christmas!

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  15. Yummy cake..im sure its snowing there in japan too..Merry Christmas to you and your family..;)

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  16. Sushi at Christmas - what a tradition! That cake looks delicious!

    Happy holiday!

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  17. Those are all beautiful photographs. The lights are amazing and I would love to dive into that cake, yum. Merry Christmas.

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  18. The cake looks delicious! Merry Christmas Nat!!!

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  19. That cake looks DELICIOUS. My mouth is watering. And the sushi, too. Yum!

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  20. Sounds like a fun time! Merry Christmas, Tanabata!

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  21. Merry Christmas!! I'm not very much into sushi (so I will happily settle for Christmas turkey tomorrow), but that cake looks scrumptious! I hope everything was yummy!

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  22. Mmmmm, sushi for dinner sounds good to me! Merry Christmas Eve :-)

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  23. claudia- LOL! :)

    liza-It probably is snowing somewhere in the north part of Japan but nothing here unfortunately.

    Danielle- I actually found the cake too rich so H ate most of it! Loved the sushi though. :P
    And we did have chicken with stuffing etc. etc. last night.

    Thanks for all the Christmas wishes everyone!

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  24. Ahh, Christmas sushi sounds REALLY good!
    Stephanie
    www.thewrittenword.wordpress.com

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  25. Merry Christmas ( a little bit late though )..

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