Thursday, April 21, 2011
Easter in Japan!
I just realized that other day that is actually that Easter season now, I was reminded of it by an automated "out of office" reply e-mail from a guy in Europe. I've been so long in Japan now my mind is starting to get a little cloudy on what I am supposed to be doing now according to ancient Swedish tradition. Not being religious means that I can ignore the boring stuff at least.
I seem to recall that at some point I should start a huge bonfire for some purpose (not really sure why), get dead drunk and maybe get into a fistfight. Then, another day I'm supposed to get the baby dressed up as a witch, usher her into the streets to solicit candy from stranger and I think that we're supposed to eat a lot of eggs and maybe even lamb at one point. It really gets kinda hazy here in Japan as the Japanese completely ignore the season. Not even any cute chickens anywhere or some Japanese twist to it, just completely ignoring it.
Earlier in the day I had a brief conversation with Cpt. Awkward about it:
Salaryman: (casually) So I just realized it's Easter now so that's why so many of the people in Europe are on vacation now
Cpt. Awkward: (looks confused) Huh? Easter? What's that about now again?
Salaryman: (patiently explaining) You know, it's a Christian holiday, when Christ died and was resurrected?
Cpt. Awkward: (lightening up for a few seconds) Oh? Do you do these painful reenactments of the crucifixion?
Salaryman: (tired) Nope, at least not me, we mostly eat lots of eggs instead
Cpt. Awkward: (with a dreamy look) Eggs... I like eggs...