Merry Christmas everyone! I finally had a traditional Japanese Christmas dinner. Check it out!
Originally posted on I Read Encyclopedias for Fun:
Japan doesn’t have a long Christmas tradition, as it’s a more recent trend here. It’s also mainly done to sell more things and make more money. It’s entirely commercial. It’s also a time for couples to go on dates and exchange gifts. It’s typically not a family holiday, but parents will sometimes give their children gifts. Also, it’s very difficult to find turkey here, so we have to make do with other things.
And that brings me to my Christmas dinner today. This is the “traditional” Christmas dinner. Just take a look.
That’s right, Kentucky Fried Chicken! We had some regular KFC chicken, boneless chicken, French fries (no gravy in Japan), salad, and a “Christmas cake.” It was actually a chocolate cake. To many Japanese people, Christmas means cake. They’re often very surprised to find out that cake isn’t a big tradition where I’m from. Sure, people get fruitcake, but…
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It’s time for another taste test! This time, I tried out Wilkinson Mixing Blood Orange. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Maybe sweet, but that wasn’t to be. It wasn’t sweet at all. Please watch the video.
Have you tried this drink?
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It’s been a while since I’ve done a drink review. But now I’m doing it on video! I’m going to do some regular taste tests with drinks that can be found in Japan, and here’s the first.
This time, it’s Mistio Grape soda. Enjoy!
Last night, I had something I’ve been looking forward to for years, wagyu beef. There are several varieties of wagyu beef, some of the most famous being Kobe beef and Matsuzaka beef. Below is the beef. 10,000 yen worth of it. Included was sukiyaki sauce.
Look at all that beef. It’s half fat.
The last of the beef.
So, how was it? It tasted quite good, but there was a problem. It’s so fatty that it filled me up very quickly, and I didn’t feel very good afterwards. My recommendation is to eat wagyu beef in moderation. And whatever you do, eat it in thin slices. Don’t eat it as steak. I’ve heard others say they tried wagyu beef steak, and it was too oily. It needs to be boiled, not fried. Sukiyaki or shabu shabu are ideal, I think.
Have you tried wagyu beef?
There’s a new drink in Japan called Spiral Grape. The label says “LIFE needs SPICE.”
I’d heard from some people that it tasted like grape and licorice. Licorice is one of those flavours that you either love or hate. Maybe I’m strange, but I’m in the middle. I don’t love it or hate it, I merely tolerate it. Well, after trying this, I do have to say that I like it. The flavours seem to match in this drink. It’s like a grape soda with a dry bite. It’s not so sweet. I’d drink it again.
The mikan (みかん) is a kind of orange native to Japan, but also grown in China and other countries. It’s traditionally sold around the end of the year in Japan, and you can buy them in large bags or boxes. Does this sound familiar? In North America, it’s very common to buy Mandarin oranges in boxes for Christmas. Well, the mikan is a type of Mandarin orange. It’s also known as tangerine, satsuma orange, or even Japanese Mandarin orange.
Big bags of mikan.
With this, I close out the 2012 Picture of the Week. It was one extra, since I did two in one week sometime during the year. I just haven’t figured out when. Picture of the Week is not returning next year. However, I am doing another weekly series that’ll focus on Japan’s 47 prefectures plus the 5 largest cities to round out 52 weeks. I hope you enjoyed all 53 pictures!
I’ve recently started doing restaurant reviews on my book and writing blog, I Read Encyclopedias for Fun. Of course, since I live in Japan, these restaurants are in Japan. I just wanted to let you know that if you’re interested in what’s available to eat in Japan, or if you’re looking for ideas for places to eat, you can check out my reviews.