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Japanese Christmas = chicken and cake

My 2009 Christmas Eve cake.  Not cheap at approx $40. I think the price of strawberries goes up at this time of the year.

Standard food for Japan on Christmas Eve is chicken and cake, maybe washed down with some wine. At the station tonight after getting back from some shopping the area was buzzing with people buying their chicken and cake to take home.

Lots of selection for Christmas cakes. Can you pick a favorite here.
Lots of selection for Christmas cakes. Can you pick a favorite here.
Staff hold up signboards and shout out to people to come and buy their chicken here.
Staff hold up signboards and shout out to people to come and buy their chicken here.
My chicken leg came from Tsubame Grill, and it wasn't cheap either. Ouch! YEN 800
My chicken leg came from Tsubame Grill, and it wasn't cheap either. Ouch! YEN 800
Plenty of people lining up to buy cake. The line for cake was actually longer than for the chicken.
Plenty of people lining up to buy cake. The line for cake was actually longer than for the chicken.

I tried also to make a live streaming broadcast from my iPhone for the first time. You can see the video below. I think I will have to work on my “holding the camera still” technique in future. The broadcast got cut off at the end for some reason. Sorry.

I will experiment a bit more with the live streaming. You can follow me on ustream here.

I was speaking with Danny Choo from dannychoo.com about live streaming the other day. He already has a few videos produced from live streams and can be followed on ustream here and you can see his write-up about live streaming here as well.

Here is the cake I finally bought for Christmas Eve dessert.
Here is the cake I finally bought for Christmas Eve dessert.
My Yen 800 chicken leg. Well, it is only once a year. ^_^
My Yen 800 chicken leg. Well, it is only once a year. ^_^
Christmas Cake with plenty of strawberries and a bit too much cream ^^.
Maybe one last look at the cake again just to savor the moment. Plenty of strawberries and a bit too much cream ^^.

Do you have anything special for Christmas Eve or do you save it all for Christmas Day?

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16 comments

Sara Mari December 25, 2009 at 1:06 am

Oh that looks so yummy, and the cake is so cute. Not cute enough not to eat of course ^,~ hehe

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reductionist December 25, 2009 at 2:13 am

800 yen for a chicken leg? Gosh. Anyhow, did it come with the shapes or did you make them?

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shibuya246 December 25, 2009 at 2:20 am

I had to make my own shapes, but they were too frozen to eat 🙂

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HELLOSHEENA December 25, 2009 at 5:02 am

Delicious! 😀

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whipcracker December 25, 2009 at 6:52 am

RT @tweetmeme Japanese Christmas = chicken and cake, Japan Food | Shibuya246 http://bit.ly/5GLgF7 $8.00 usd for a chicken leg?
Seems like quite a lot imo. I’m more of a whirte meat person, what is the cost for say a breast portion? And those cakes are sure scrumptilious. It would be very hard for me to pick a favorite. but probably be the chocolate one. the one you picked out looks quite good also.

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shibuya246 December 25, 2009 at 10:14 am

I am with you on the white meat, but my friend told that chicken = leg at christmas. mmmm, would have much preferred some breast meat. Merry Christmas.

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Orchid64 December 25, 2009 at 8:41 am

I have been in Japan for 20 years but have never bought a Christmas cake. Last night, a student gave me an absolutely gorgeous one which had the benefit of also tasting fabulous. I still probably will not buy a Christmas cake, but my disdain for them has evaporated. 😉

Merry Christmas!

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shibuya246 December 25, 2009 at 10:15 am

It is nice to have a cake as a gift. Merry Christmas 🙂

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applel0ve December 25, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Yum! I had a yummy chicken leg today but no Christmas cake :l The cake looks absolutely adorable! I want a slice 😡

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Teksu December 26, 2009 at 3:26 am

Kya~ the form of carrots is so cuteee hahaha
The chicken leg looks yummy but so expensive to me.
And the cake is simply perfect as chritmas girf >.< (I want it!)

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salvidali December 26, 2009 at 11:47 am

no chicken leg, but went to the market this morning and scored some Christmas cake with strawberries
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starting a new Christmas tradition . . .

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shibuya246 December 26, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Excellent. They look pretty good. better price than i could get here as well. Hope you enjoyed it. 🙂

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Brad F. December 28, 2009 at 6:04 am

That does seem expensive for just a chicken leg. Is chicken typically expensive in Japan, or are the prices simply marked up around Christmas time?

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shibuya246 December 28, 2009 at 11:46 am

Prices seem to get marked up at Christmas for chicken and cakes. The sizes increase as well from the normal, but its still pricey for what you get.

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Brad F. December 28, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Ah, I see. I’m living in Singapore at the moment and prices seem to get marked up quite a bit here as well around the holidays as well, but not quite that high. My wife and I found a 1 kg ham for about the same price as your chicken leg!

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kitamura May 19, 2010 at 1:14 am

cake & chicken not a bad idea for Xmas, is buying it all cooked better than roosting it in the oven yourself?! I would have bought a whole chicken season it the night before. ^^

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