Wednesday, December 24, 2014
|Japanese traditional Christmas. Probably.|
|My friend was dressed as "Christmas Marilyn Monroe". He had also bought an underwear set to wear underneath, but discovered that it was completely see through and decided to wear normal underwear instead. At least in the beginning.|
|Another guy, trying to hide his beard. Very ungirly shoes, though.|
|Marilyn Monroe had managed to find high heels almost large enough for men to wear.|
When I showed up, it turned out that every other man in the place was dressed in women's clothing. I am not sure that this is a Japanese Christmas tradition, but then again I am not sure it is not. Lots of men did that last year too.
|Some weird Japanese thing going on outside the bar.|
|Marilyn Monroe posing outside another bar (and people passing by said: "Ah, so this is a gay bar!")|
|Yet another Japanese man dressed for Christmas|
|"Normal" underwear worn under the see through underwear.|
Yesterday a woman I met in a bar that knows someone I know gave me a Christmas present. She gave me some canned food; teriyaki flavored chicken meat.
|This glass is a beer jockey that says "whisky" but contains tea.|
|French fries and a glass of honey to dip them in (not the best combination, but not that bad)|
|Doing shabu-shabu with cheese slices|
|Baguette with ice cream|
|Me and another guy also lacking fashion sense|
In preparation for Christmas, our cafeteria has started serving Christmas scrambled eggs with ketchup. It is red and yellow, which qualifies it as Christmas food.
I recently went to a Tai restaurant where I got a tiny straw with my lychee juice. The straw was just barely longer than the glass was deep, which made it very difficult and impractical to drink through. It was also very thin, so you had to suck really really hard to get anything at all to go through the straw. At least it forced you to pace yourself, since you could not drink very quickly through this straw.
One of my friends wanted to bake me a Christmas cookie as a Christmas present, but being Japanese she ended up having to work more or less 24 hours per day every day in December, so she did not have time to bake even one cookie. She instead bought me a cookie. It came in a plastic bag, which contained a plastic Christmas wrapping bag, inside of which there was a soft cushion packaging so the cookie would not break during transport, inside which there was a small plastic bag, containing a paper wrapping and a cookie. The like wrapping things in this country... The cookie was good (and unbroken).
I got dried mushrooms, chocolate, licorice, a kitchen towel with descriptions of edible parts of animals, a cheese slicer, and more chocolate. The cheese slicer is nice to have, since things like this are not sold in Japan. On the other hand, cheese is only sold in super small quantities, so you cannot really find any cheese to use it on either.
I also received something labeled "reindeer poo". I tried to eat some of it (who wouldn't?) and it turned out to be chocolate.
After the El Mango party I stopped by a bar where one of my friends works. He asked me if I was hungry, which I was not (the El Mango party had lots of very good food). He was insistent, though. It turned out that he had some guydon (rice with thin slices of beef) from Yoshinoya (famous for having extremely cheap guydon) that he had started eating but could not finish, so he wanted to get rid of the leftovers.
|Me, two years ago|
One of the other guys working there decided to try some marmite that I had brought from Oxford. They had tried it before and decided that it tastes horrible. He tried it with the guydon, to see if that would be good. It was horrible.
|Guydon, lots and lots of rice, and trace amount of beef|
Later, a woman came to the bar and mentioned that she had probably met me before. She showed me a photo she had in her phone of someone with a bloody face and a zipper glued to the face. It was me, of course. We had apparently met two years ago in a different bar.
|Marmite, does not go well with guydon (or anything else, really)|
I did a magic show at the salsa club El Mango again. I was there for Halloween, and I was there in November. As this was the third time in only three months, I was running out of new material. I can do hours and hours of table magic, but I do not do that much stage magic so my choice of magic that goes over well is more limited. I ended up doing stuff that I had never performed before for about half the show this time, which is always a bit nervous.
Apart from my magic there was also food. Lots and lots of free food. Very nice food.
|Winner of the costume competition|
There was also a costume competition. I was asked to show up in costume and decided to use my wig from Halloween with my ghost costume from O-Bon. My costume was popular, but I did not win any prize. They mentioned the three top costumes in the competition, but mine was not among them. All the top three candidates were girls in short skirts. Neither was the girl in a short skirt I thought looked best, though.
|More break dance|
|People almost storming the stage during the band's performance|
|Multiple participant janken (rock-paper-scissors) game|
|Passing presents in a ring|
|I first got something that looked like a PET bottle with tea, but the game started again and I passed this along|
|I finally got Swedish marshmallows|
|This was the present that I brought|