Monday, December 24, 2007


This is a full-size cheesecake and cost ¥1,890 ($16.57). Though you can't tell from the picture, it is quite small. It's about 2 inches (5 cm.) high and 7 inches (17.7 cm.) long.

It doesn't matter how long you live somewhere or how much you know about something, you can reach the wrong conclusions about something totally obvious. In fact, I invite any and all ex-pats who know a bit about Japan to observe the lovely cheesecake pictured above. This is the best cheesecake that you can buy in Japan (from Topps cake shops). My husband picked up the one above yesterday evening on his way home from work as a little surprise for me.

Now, I invite you to look at the items which were at the side of the cheesecake which were tossed into the bag with it. Do you reach any immediate conclusions?

I reached a few quick conclusions.
  1. They threw in a little Christmas chocolate as a little "gift" for the season.
  2. They included candles in case the cake was purchased as a birthday gift since many Topps cakes are used in such celebrations.
The quicker-witted out there probably are snickering at how wrong I was. Those who don't know what on earth I'm on about can look below for a hint...

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The idea is to press that little chocolate medallion into the cheesecake and push in some candles to convert it into a Christmas cake. My husband inadvertently bought our first "Christmas cake" ever in Japan. ;-)

Sometimes it's good to have dumb little experiences like this as a reminder of how easy it is to make quick, surface observations and reach absolutely the wrong conclusions. It not only keeps one humble but serves as a reminder not to do the same thing in other areas of ones life.


mjgolli said...

Sometimes the funny, silly little lessons we learn in life can make much more of an impression on us than any of the bigger lessons we can learn.

So, how was the cheesecake?

Shari said...

Yummy as all get-out. :-)

Merry's just about midnight on Christmas Eve here and the last thing I'm reading before bed is your blog. I want to comment but I'm too tired. I hope you have a great holiday!

tornados28 said...

Over $16 for such a small cake? Wow.

ThePenguin said...

Well, at least it doesn't involve a (very unseasonal) strawberry anywhere.

(I'll be posting a picture of a real, home-made Christmas cake on my blog later: the world must be told how to tell the real thing from these Japanese imposters!).

Shari said...

tornados28: It's one of the only cheesecakes made with appreciable amounts of cream cheese so I guess they have to make it pretty pricey!

Penguin: Hi there. I didn't realize you'd started a blog! I'm adding you to the links and I'll be reading (looking forward to that cake picture).

Merry Christmas to both of you!

mjgolli said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the cake! It is even hard here in the states to find a decent Cheesecake. I certainly hope you enjoyed it with plenty of peanut cream! LOL!

Merry Christmas to you, too! It is right now about 9pm on Christmas Eve here, and I'm watching the usual "A Christmas Story" marathon on TBS, they play it for 24 hours straight every year at Christmas time, and it is a great fun Christmas movie.

I hope you and your hubby have a great holiday, and that the new year brings you good luck and good fortune!

ThePenguin said...

Sorry about the delay - Christmas'n'stuff got in the way - but I've finally posted that picture.

Thanks for the link and hope you have a happy new year!