If Christmas in Japan is day spent with lovers or family, I usually spend it alone. Indeed, Daisuke is working late so I set myself small traditions and it reassures me to follow them each year. Far from KFC, cosplay parties and other Christmas cakes filled with cream, here is how was my Christmas 2015 .
|Welcome to Hakata !|
Parallel to our meeting, we had lunch at a delightful restaurant in the small town of Akune (阿久根), famous for its huge grapefruits, its deer island and the beauty of its coast. Too bad that the island is assignable now, the port has been half destroyed by a typhoon in early autumn (reopening scheduled in March).
Instead, we went to the nearby city of Izumi (出水) to see the cranes who come to spend the winter in this Kyushu area. They come mostly from Central Asia and Izumi is the only place in the world where they come in such large numbers. The day of our visit they were more than 14 000 but the maximum is 20 000 (towards the end of January) ! There is an observatory which costs 210 yens but quite frankly, we had a better view from the road. It was the first time I saw this birds so I was really happy, and it was indeed impressive.
Oh, about the place where we had lunch, I recommend it really much ! It is called Taro Sushi. We all went for the ladies set (1500 yens) that exceeded what we could imagine : it was huge ! On the menu there were: sushis, makis and inari sushis, tenpuras, a big salad, chawanmushi egg custard, miso soup and sashimis. Everything was fresh, tasty and beautifully presented as the very nice sushis plate. I loved the tea glasses ! I want one so much now.
|I wanted this so bad !|
|Ladies set : 1500 yens|
|From the road|
|From the observatory|
December 25th was also a normal day. I went to work and had a small meeting at Fukuoka city hall. it was only after I finishing my working day that I have met the Christmas spirit. I went to photograph the illuminations, as I do every year. Many of them are dismantled during the night of the 25th and I always rushed at the last minute to go.
This year I went to the Fukuoka Tower, Ohori Park and Tenjin area. It may sound silly but these thousands blinking little lights made me remember how much I love my life here. Despite the couples who were walking beside me, I didn't felt alone. I love to walk and take my time to observe and take pictures. Anyway,Daisuke being at work I had no choice.
|Ohori park illulinations|
|In front of Tenjin Parco|
For my Christmas sushis, I always go to the same place : Uo bei (魚べい). These are not the best in the world but it's effective. Dare I confess that I ate 9 plates? Since that year they removed the treadmill (and the Saint-Jacques shell sushis, I am not happy !! ) to keep only the touch panel. Is it the kaiten-sushi future?
Before going back home, I took my time to photograph the illuminations in the front of Hakata station, which is transformed into a magical world as every year, and those of the Canal City mall that I didn't rally like. I think I could spend hours in Hakata when illuminations are on. It's so beautiful to see. I would like the station remains illuminated like this all year but being ephemeral is what gives its charm right ?
|Pepper / mayonnaise grilled salmon sushis. Yummy !|
No KFC so but still homemade fried chicken, a spinach and mushroom gratin and bean sprouts, cucumber and carrots salad with sesame. And rice for Mr., of course. Itadakimasu !
I am in holidays for 6 days from tonight. Daisuke returned to his parents house so I planned a three days trip somewhere in Kyushu. Departure is tomorrow !
I'll post a last article before the 1st so I still reserve my wishes but here's a creation I made for a video that I didn't shot at the end. Did you have a good Christmas?
Crane : tsuru (鶴)
Business trip : shucchô (出張)
Habbit : jôshû (常習)
Having a walk alone : hitori aruki (一人歩き)