Food and japan26 Dec 2010 11:38 am

Although Christmas has come and gone here, Merry Christmas to all of you in North America, where it is just after Christmas dinner time. I hope you enjoyed whatever you ate today!

The days leading up to Christmas have been amazing here. The first amazing thing was not having to work on Christmas for the first time in a few years. I had never minded working in the newsroom on Christmas Day as it was always fun and we were fed, but it was nice to have a year off to do as I pleased here. Of course I only get this year and next off as Christmas falls on a weekend, but I will take them as I get them!

On the Eve of Christmas Eve, we began our final long bus ride up the Okinawan coast to pick up our car. It is life changing here, and the best Christmas present I have ever gotten…FREEDOM! I cannot even begin to describe how much more pleasurable it is to be at home and know that our car is steps away, ready to ferry us through traffic and heat and rain and cold (as the weather has been this weekend) to where ever we would like to go.

Minutes after buying it we headed to the Sunabe seawall to check out the ocean and watch the sunset. It was grand.

Christmas eve dinner was at our favourite yakitori restaurant, where we had various cuts of grilled chicken bits, sashimi and a relaxed good time.

Christmas Day proper Mike had to meet with his new pottery instructors for a demonstration lesson and check out the studio, etc. I took off to the grocery store to get some items for the potluck dishes we were bringing to a party later. Pretty much a normal day here, except there is more fried chicken in the supermarket (it is THE thing to eat at Christmas time here) and there was no snow when I headed back out to the car with shopping bags and Starbucks in tow. No eggnog lattes at Starbucks, either.

Not only is this the only Rottweiler I have ever seen in Japan, it is one of the biggest dogs I have seen in my life.  He protects the pottery studio.

I made Nanaimo bars and roasted up some romanesco for the potluck, which was being held at the Eager Beaver, the Canadian bar in Naha. 1000 Yen bought us access to the spread, which included the showpiece turducken, which was amazing. The people were really great too and we met some new friends from mainland Japan, other islands around Okinawa and so on. As my dad says, expat Christmases are strange, but always memorable. This is not the first Christmas I have spent eating expensive imported poultry in a bar catering to expatriates. The first one was actually 20 years ago to the day, I realize!

A little bit of everything – food from the American bases, pastas, cakes, Jello shots, shepards pie, mashed potatoes, salads, ham …

We then came home and watched the Godfather (I had never seen it, can you believe it) and I called my mom early Christmas morning, and went to bed. Great success.

Merry Christmas, everyone, from your Ugly Christmas Sweater wearing blog author and her Ugly Christmas Sweater wearing husband.

2 Responses to “A Very Okinawa Christmas”

  1. on 26 Dec 2010 at 7:49 pm The Celiac Husband

    Merry Christmas.

  2. on 02 Jan 2011 at 11:53 pm Kelly