Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

No relation.
Really, I don't know which one looks more smug. The Peep is contraband from a visitor's suitcase.  The tall one with the tan is a hiyoko, meaning chick, a souvenir sweet I remember well from childhood.  I love the minimalism, the blank expression that, like the Peep and Hello Kitty, conveys unearned superiority. The outside has that brown-crust-of-the-pound-cake flavor, and the inside is white bean.  I just read that there's some supplement made of white bean extract that keeps your glucose level from shooting up, science, science, science, and thus keeps you from getting fat.  So the Japanese are eating it in their goodies, and tossing their heads back, laughing over their low rates of obesity, heart disease, and cancer.  You win this time, Japan.
Homemade butter cookies

Easter is not much of a thing here in Tokyo, which makes it a little tougher to stock up on goodies, but also kind of sets you free.  You can reinvent the holiday free of commercial influence, secular symbolism, even sugar.  Ok, that last part was creepy and I take it back.

1 comment:

  1. It's our holiday!!!!! Michael and I are in New Orleans for an Easter weekend wedding. They know how to celebrate anything here. Sorry I've been MIA but life has been nearly unbearable since January. Will fill you in later. For today, enjoy.
    Yours in chocolaty goodness and Lamb roast drippings,
    Chris & Michael