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Born in Stockholm (Sweden), now live in Sapporo (Japan). Hold a Ph.D. in computer science and work with computers during the days, perform magic in a bar during the nights (and weekends, for kids). Also used to teach historical fencing back in Sweden.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Japanese New Years, endless amounts of food

Japanese maki-sushi (rolled sushi)

Nowadays I have relatives in Saitama. My brother was also in Saitama for New Years, and we spent the holiday in the traditional way of lying in a sofa and eating endless amounts of food. My brother also got  a cold, which made us even less active than usual. We saw quite a few strange Japanese TV shows between all the eating, but we did not go to the temple for the New Year praying thing that is common.

This dog loves vegetables and was very interested in the sushi
The sushi when cut
Soba is traditional New Years food in Japan
I brought (well, sent) crabs from Sapporo. They arrived before I did.

In Japan you eat crabs (and most other things, like for instance cake) with chop sticks 
Japanese crabs have shells that are soft enough to cut with scissors (if you have heavy duty scissors)

This is a kind of rum-raisin style sweet from Sapporo; very popular

Chocolate from Sapporo

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