Saturday, December 25, 2010

Minasan Merry Kuristamasu

To friends old and new I wish you all the best for 2011. If you celebrate Christmas may it be a gorgeous one spent with family or friends and lots of excellent nosh. The Japanese don't officially recognise the day but as you can see from below - it doesn't stop them from making a yen or two out of the season! 
However, any hint of Xmas will have been erased completely by tomorrow to make way for the New Year's festivities which is what it is all about in this part of the world.  Today, while the locals are working there will be small groups of expats gathering all over Japan to eat, drink and be tipsy. I'm just running off to the Tenjin-san markets at the Kitano Tenmangu shrine then a lovely long lunch with friends.  I love that my favourite food halls are open all day - now THAT's Christmas! Here's a little taste for you. 

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