Hi ATS. I find myself alone in Tokyo tying up some loose ends and it looks like I'll probably be here through Christmas. I took the pictures below
this morning in the hotel I'm staying at (Imperial Hotel, across from Hibiya Park). They are all photographs of award-winning "Christmas Cakes" on
display in the hotel.
"Japan" and "Christmas" aren't concepts that go together much in the public imagination, and with less than 2% of Japan being Christian, you
might wonder why they would go together at all. Yet ever since the beginning of the US occupation after WWII, Christmas celebrations and displays
(generally presented in a non-religious, aesthetic way that may seem odd to westerners) have become a seasonal fixture of winter in Japan.
One Japanese Christmas "tradition" is the so-called "Christmas Cake," which somehow became bound up in the public imagination with the holiday.
The photos below are all of actual cakes
- The only materials used are cake and frosting. The detailing is amazing...I've never seen anything
like it. Yes, its ALL FROSTING. I've kept the pictures big so you can appreciate the details, so you will have to use the scrolling bars to see the
Nobody does detail like the Japanese. Just look at those cakes!
Merry Christmas, ATS!
-Silent Thunder, spending Christmas alone in a Tokyo hotel...with a cake for sure.
Below: This is frosting on a cake, but it looks like knit cloth. Fantastic illusion.
Below: cake shaped like a book and quill pen
Below: cradle and teddybear, very convincing (use the image scroll function)
Below: Who doesn't want a remote control cake-car?
Below: This horn was the most impressive to me. How they got that metallic color is beyond me.
Below: A massive, two-story Christmas-Cake-Tree in a stairwell