We saw too many shops during our shopping spree this weekend, but I always enjoy looking at the interesting food displays in the basements of fancy department stores (where all food merchants are gathered) the most. Real Japanese food is entertaining to look at but fake plastic Japanese food can keep me occupied for quite a while too. Sometimes the plastic food even looks better than the real thing. They have plastic food displays in the windows of most restaurants showing of their menus, which is great for us people who get a headache looking at Japanese menu cards. I can’t even count the times I’ve dragged a waitress out of a restaurant to point at the plastic version of the food I desire to eat. Now that the New Year’s holidays are coming up people can start ordering their osechi (traditional food for the occasion), and they can take their pick from hundreds of colorful boxes with beautiful plastic food like these:
Belgian waffles are popular in Japan too, and who can think of a better way to promote their food than using the famous little statue boy from Belgium who has been pissing away in an alley in Brussels for years? What a fantastic association! That’s probably why these waffles taste a bit funny. But it’s always great to see something European now and then, even if it’s Belgian.
Walking past Nagoya station we noticed herds of people waiting (camera in hand) for something in front of Nagoya station. Curious as we are, we move up the stairs to find out what’s going on. Right at that moment the whole station lights up with beautiful Christmas lights everywhere, hiding in trees, in flowers, in bears and on part of the skyscraping twin towers of the station. People don’t really celebrate Christmas in Japan (I mean it’s not even a day off!) but I’ve found more than enough Christmas lights all over Japan so far (even in Inuyama) to keep my Christmas spirit going until I get home to celebrate with my family.
Once the fans finally got into that special area behind the curtains they were allowed to look at their idols through the window for a couple of minutes, while screaming, jumping up and down and frantically waving at the band for as long as they could muster. I wonder if the band kind of felt like the koalas we saw in Awaji?