Who would have thought, huh?…
Merry Christmas everyone, even if you don’t really care about the holidays I still wish you an awesome week and lots of delicious food to eat! I’m having a short and a bit weird Christmas (my first Christmas in Japan after all) while looking for an apartment! I’ll hopefully write more about Japanese Christmas customs and my struggles tomorrow, today I ate so much I just want to go to sleep. And there’s work tomorrow too (cause I didn’t take any days off and Christmas aren’t national holidays in Japan). I hope I won’t end up skipping the note like last week, heh…
Anyway, I wanted to tell you that I had a lot of fun reading your comments from last week and thank you so much for somehow pushing Replay to the top of TWC! You are the best, thank you! <3 I hope this page is amusing enough for the Christmas week (‘∀’●)♡
LIFE IN JAPAN CORNER #6
Christmas in Japan! What is it like? Do they even celebrate? Oh, they sure do. Japanese people love to celebrate, no matter the occasion. Christmas here has little to do with baby Jesus, though. It’s mostly considered something similar to Valentines, with couples spending time together buying presents, eating fancy dinners and booking hotel rooms (book waaay in advance!). My first impression of Japanese Christmas time were illuminations, they’re fantastic, I love them (‘∀’●)♡ Second thing – commercials in the subway, showing Christmas tree and family at the table and mother in the kitchen and then serving… fried chicken and a huge strawberry cake.
One time I was at the bakery and the guy tried to make a little chit-chat with me. He was stunned that in Poland we actually don’t eat chicken nor strawberries for Christmas but we eat fish. Fish?! For Christmas?! What a shocker.
I was determined to try and find some traditional Polish foods for this year’s Christmas (although I did buy strawberries!), just to see if I can do it. I really like Polish traditional Christmas dishes too. The main problem was red borscht with ushka. The soup is made from beetroot and that vegetable is… non-existent in Japan. But! If you search long and hard you can find it (I bought a single one lol it was very expensive) and I even managed to buy a soup-stock for borscht! So lucky me! Ushka are a lot of work so I bought wontons… Basically the same thing.
Instead of chicken, we wanted some fish, and there’s plenty of it here. We went with salmon and just fried it with wine and soy sauce – simple and tasty~
Now cakes. Strawberry ones were out of the question (even though I’d love to eat some, they all looked so yummy…) since my fiancee hates whipped cream. Don’t ask me, I don’t know why. The only cakes that he likes are apple-pie and keks (that’s a Polish name, I think it’s just called ‘fruits cake’ in English, with lots of nuts and raisins and candied, dried fruits). Apple-pie can be found in any bakery so we just bought a small one. I’d bake my own but we don’t have an oven right now… We saw keks before Christmas too, but it was insanely expensive, so much I burst out laughing when I saw the price. But we found a very small one in a supermarket, called “Christmas strudel” (it had little in common with an actual strudel but who cares) so the cakes were covered!
It would seem you can have a proper Polish Christmas in Japan as well! What about you guys? Want to share some of your favorite Christmas foods?
Here are some recipes for Polish traditional dishes, if you are curious: ushka, borscht, keks.
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