Thursday, December 30, 2010
Christmas in Osaka
Christmas.... where to start. Well, Christmas is not a meaningful holiday in Japan, even though they have all the songs and decorations. It's really difficult to get in the Christmas spirit so far away from the comforts of home, but I somehow managed to have a beautiful Osaka Christmas with friends.... among all the madness that is moving.
I was so thankful to have my friend Sonia visiting me from the north of Japan and stay with me for a while, and she's been a helpful and soothing presence during the whirlwind move and setting up a home. On Christmas Eve, we were both so exhausted that we just stayed home at the kotatsu table (more on that later, it deserves its own entry), eating take out food, drinking royal milk tea, and watching Christmas movies to the shimmer of Christmas lights and tea lights.
Christmas day was warm, sunny, and very, very Japanese.... it involved getting a group of friends together, going to a wonderful German Christmas market, making our own takoyaki, singing karaoke, taking some Christmas-themed purikura pictures (those photobooth sticker pictures), having dessert at Krispy Kreme, and stocking up on Osaka fashion at H&M. It was very non-traditional, but being in great company made things quite wonderful and unforgettable.