Christmas Eve, 2007

As we have done in the past, we started our Christmas by taking in the free Christmas-Eve concert in the lobby of the Kyoto Hotel Okura, our fourth year in a row (having done it in 2006, 2005, and 2004). Fumie's dad is in Malaysia at the moment, so her mom joined us as well.

Prior to the concert, the hotel passes out free champaign and juice....

Sharp-Dressed Elf -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/90 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Sharp-Dressed Elf

Then there's the concert. This time was a very nice choir of about 50 kids, but unfortunately, they brought their families so even though we got there very early, there wasn't a chair to be had anywhere.

Sold Out -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 17mm — 1/45 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Sold Out

Later, we asked one of the hotel staff to take our picture, but the quality of the result reflected its low price...

Fuzzy Christmas Eve -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/60 sec, f/1.4, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Fuzzy Christmas Eve

We brought home a huge roast-beef meal from the hotel kitchen. It was excellent, but the star were the au gratin potatoes. I've had some excellent au gratin potatoes in my life, but sorry Mom, these were by far the best. If you ever get a chance to visit Kyoto's Hotel Okura, try the au gratin potatoes.


All 4 comments so far, oldest first...

Yeah, but I bet their fruitcake is nowhere near as good as Mom’s! Ho ho ho!
Merry Christmas.

— comment by Mike on December 25th, 2007 at 2:52am JST (10 years ago) comment permalink

All my best wishes to you and your nice family 🙂
Merry Christmas!

— comment by Alex on December 25th, 2007 at 6:05am JST (10 years ago) comment permalink

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.
Mel

— comment by Mel Lammers on December 25th, 2007 at 7:52pm JST (10 years ago) comment permalink

Little Anthony is a very handsom kid.
I just love is to follow him and enjoy your lovely pictures.

— comment by els spieker on September 8th, 2008 at 2:26am JST (9 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink
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