Christmas cake with Miki from The Idolmaster in a Santa costume

 

Some fun facts about Christmas here in Japan:

1) Christmas is not a family or religious event. It's a romantic date day for couples - almost like another Valentine's day.

2) Christmas songs already started playing in Japan - I already had to listen to them in the cafe in my neighborhood recently. It was still in SEPTEMBER!  By November 1st, it is in all cafes, supermarkets, department stores, streets, etc.

3) We order whole cakes decorated for Christmas. It's probably the best selling day for cake shops throughout the year.

Anyway, regarding a Christmas cake, how about one with a girl's figure on it for this year? The girl is Miki Hoshii from the video game "The Idolmaster" and she is in a Santa Clause costume!

The cake itself looks good too with champagne flavored whipped cream, diced peach and muscat flavored coating on top.

You can place the order in advance on Bandai's online website. It's 3,990 yen. They will ship the cake within Japan in December.

 

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