We decided to attempt a Christmas dinner in the American style. However, seeing as we’re in Japan, it didn’t go quite as planned. The original idea was a nice large roast ham. We could do the ham. We could do the roast. The large part, though, evaded us. The largest hams we could find were only about fist sized. Mashed potatoes, easy peasy. But gravy? Fail. We ended up eating curry (with meat so it wasn’t that bad), baked potatoes (well, we had already bought them before realizing gravy doesn’t exist in Japan), two itty-bitty roast hams (cooked in a microwave for ovens are also scarce), and some canned pineapple and peach (hey, we’re college students–it’s less work!). Unfortunately, due to a scheduling miscommunication, I did not end up with any pictures of our miserable failure before it was eaten.

After eating, we put on a couple of movies–The History of the World, Part 1 and Rush Hour 3–and played several rounds of Jenga with an exceedingly annoying plastic Jenga set. I did manage to at least partially document the succession of failures and triumphs, so it wasn’t a total loss. After that we played a couple of rounds of twister with slightly confused rules and then went outside for a snowball fight. All in all it was an…interesting…evening.