Today's prompt is "holiday food". And since I've already drawn latkes in my journal, I decide to go with another holiday food.
Even though I grew up in Shinto/Buddhism traditions of Okinawa, Christmas was celebrated by most Japanese. For us, it was a secular holiday with gifts and festive decorations. One of the Japanese traditions of Christmas is to eat the Christmas cake which is a sponge cake layered with whipped frosting and fresh strawberries.
My stepfather who grew up in Pennsylvania loved another Christmas favorite, the fruit cake. Every year, he looked forward to receiving one from his co-workers. I love most baked goods, but I just couldn't get into fruit cake, even when it was home made.
I have a friend in England, who makes the traditional Christmas cake (fruit cake), but on this, I think I'd like the Japanese version is better (I hope he is not reading this post!)
I was reading about the traditions of Japanese Christmas cake and found that in the 80's, people used the cake to refer to women over 25. The cake is eaten on the 24th and by the 25th, the cake is stale. And unmarried woman over 25 were thought not worthy of marrying. How terrible! Today, when more and more woman are working and delaying getting married, this insult has lost is sting. Yay! I, for one, would have been way past the expiration date as I didn't get married until I was 34! Ha!
And if you use emojis often, you know there are two cakes; one a whole cake with candles and strawberries and the other a sliced strawberry cake. Both are referencing the Japanese Christmas cake.