White Day

16 03 2010

A pathetic excuse by Japan’s chocolatiers and confectioners to boost the economy by inventing a commercial celebration. White Day is celebrated on the 14th March and is pay-back day for Valentine’s Day. Traditionally women give men chocolates on Valentine’s Day, and men give all the women chocolates in return on White Day. It has been dictated that men must give a present more expensive than whatever they received from women, since men are the bigger earners. Sounds like an excellent way to enhance one’s luxury chocolate sales and profits.

To add to the ridiculous celebration, chocolates are not only given to “lovers” but there is also the requirement of “obligatory” chocolate giving to opposite gender workmates, friends etc.

White Day returns

Benno, not to be outdone by the Japanese men, baked vegan cookies and topped them with a rich chocolate and mint garnish.

Earlier in the week he also outdid himself using up some pineapple and panko that was taking up room in the fridge with some awesome pineapple fritters.

Benno's pineapple fritters

Week 4 Highlights

2 05 2009

Tuesday: Our dining table was delivered in the morning, along with a rug for under Benno’s office desk. No more cardboard box dining table! That pretty much completes our furniture requirements. We also collected our Alien Registration cards from the City Hall office. Dinner was mushroom stroganoff and chocolate pudding.

When we were in Tokyo we found a Studio Ghibli etc merchandise shop in Akihabara. Jiji from Kiki’s Delivery Service now adorns my school bag. So cute!


Wednesday: We paid our first electricity bill at the convenience store, paid our rent, posted a parcel at the Post Office. All of my classes sat their first science topic tests this week. Dinner was roast vegetables and gravy.

Saturday: After traditional breakfast of pancakes we had the last lot of our large furniture delivered – washing machine, TV, TV stand. One of the delivery guys had about 5 earrings (that’s the most piercings we’ve seen). As for tattoos, the only one we’ve seen has been on the cook/owner/waitress from Non in Meguro, Toyko.

The weather is really warming up – sunny t-shirt temperature now. I baked apricot and coconut cookies and double choc chip cookies today – some with IKEA raspberry jam centres. Yum! Dinner was potato and chickpea curry with zensai for dessert. Zensai is a recently discovered dessert – adzuki bean soup with mochi (sticky rice).

yum! Apricot and Coconut Cookies and Double Choc Chip Cookies made to celebrate Golden Week holidays.

yum! Apricot and Coconut Cookies and Double Choc Chip Cookies made to celebrate Golden Week holidays.

We discovered the ‘dim light’ setting on our lights. Click on, off, on, off and on again and instead of coming on bright, the light comes on a dim yellow. Strange, and a bit of a serendipitous discovery.