I was definitely a happy camper last night. Last year I didn’t have any chicken or turkey around Christmas time (as all the restaurants that offer Xmas meals are so damn expensive), but last night the wonderful Lele cooked us a delicious roast chicken (I didn’t even know you could buy a whole chicken in Japan, at least I’ve never seen one in any grocery store), with stuffing (rice based instead of bread, which ended up being more fitting since we are in Japan after all) and gravy. Oh yeah, that’s what Christmas is all about.

Today is Christmas day, and it’s business as usual for everyone except me. All the people I know are working. I might go do some shopping later on today. I’m thinking of going to one of the big department store food floors (all big department stores in Japan have a huge food floor, usually in the basement, where you can find all sorts of delicious goodies to bring home at a reasonable price – you can end up eating stuff that would usually cost you much more in a regular restaurant). I’m thinking some tasty tonkatsu (fried pork) from Maisen, along with some cheese (probably Saint-Andr?, my brand of choice), and I’ll polish it off with that bottle of Christmas sparkling wine I got from a student this year.

Merry Christmas.