Happy Turkey Day to all of you in the U.S.! Here in Japan, it’s business-as-usual. There is in fact a national holiday for Labor Thanksgiving Day here, which was on November 23, but it’s nothing like the eating/shopping extravaganza that is Thanksgiving/Black Friday in the U.S. According to Wikipedia, you’re supposed to think about the environment, peace and human rights. But I think most people just consider it a day to sleep in.
Due to the general lack of both turkeys and ovens in Japan, I couldn’t have an American-style celebration (although I did just order a roaster oven, so at least part of that problem will be solved in the near future). I heard that a couple of the hotels in Tokyo were serving Thanksgiving lunch and dinner buffets, but at ¥2,887-¥5,250 ($34.42-$62.60), it just didn’t seem worth it. I probably could have ordered all of the necessary components from the Foreign Buyers Club or one of the other import services, but that seemed like an even more money- and labor-intensive proposition. (I have to admit that I was tempted though—I *really* like turkey. Really.) So, I spent the holiday working on various papers, projects, and fellowship applications. I mailed a particularly troublesome application off today, and as a treat, I took a long stroll around Rikugien, one of Tokyo’s beautiful landscape gardens, to appreciate the changing autumn leaves. I took a bunch of great photographs that I’m looking forward to sharing with you, after I sort through them all and get them uploaded.
Anyway, don’t get trampled at the crazy holiday sales! That HDTV just isn’t worth it!