Christmas Day in Japan

Friday, December 26th, 2008

Yesterday was the third Christmas Day we have spent in Japan and it still felt strange.  It’s not really possible to have a Western style Christmas here.  Not only because of the food – which is hard to get – but also because Christmas is about family and our friends and families are not here.

We had a great dinner in Roti.  They make the moistest turkey I have ever tasted. I wasn’t overly fond of the dessert choices, as they didn’t have anything I considered traditional, but they were still good and the rest of the meal more than made up for that.

We know that we need to make new Christmas traditions here. The first year we were in Japan we went to the cinema in the afternoon so we decided to do that again yesterday. We saw “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and it wasn’t a bad choice for a Christmas movie. Not too serious and not as bad as many of the reviews have made out. We also went to see the lights at Roppongi Hills which are really beautiful. Most of the Christmas decorations are taken down here on the 26th, in order for the New Year ones to be put up, so Christmas Day was the last day to see them.

Christmas Parcel Tree

Christmas Parcel Tree

We came back home after dinner and opened our presents. We have done this on Christmas night since we first got married. I really don’t like to be rushed when opening presents and love the opportunity to take my time looking at every gift.

Another Blue Bike

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

We finally got round to buying bikes last weekend. I wasn’t able to get over my love for the first blue bike I saw so I sent Marty out on his own to pick the bikes. He brought me back a bike that is also blue but that cost a fraction of the price of the one I really wanted.

Today we cycled along the Sumida river. I have been ill for weeks and I was shocked at how much it has affected my fitness level. It’s true that I’m still not completely healed but I wasn’t able to cycle for longer than 20 minutes.  It was fun though and I’m looking forward to exploring more in the coming weeks.

New Apartment

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

I keep getting asked about the new apartment but for some reason I haven’t felt like blogging lately.  Our new apartment is beautiful.  I love having a brand new kitchen to cook in though I wish it had an oven.  Marty is in love with the tatami room and he hides in there late at night with his computers.

There are still many things to do before it looks the way I want it to but that would mean shopping for furniture and I haven’t felt like doing that lately either!

We do have an amazing view across Tokyo.  Early this morning it was possible to Fuji in the distance though usually it’s much too hazy to see as far as the mountains.  Living in Jiyugaoka didn’t really give me a sense of the size of the city but looking out the window now there is no doubting that I live in one of the biggest cities in the world.

View looking towards Kita-senju

View looking towards Kita-senju