2008年11月24日月曜日

You are a winner!!!

One of my neighbour's won a prize for her apples: JA Central Nagano Branch Best Single SunFuji Apple.  I was pretty chuffed for her and even more chuffed that I found out she won.  Not because it was a secret, actually it was published in the village newsletter.  No, the reason I was chuffed I realised she won was because my 14 immediate neighbours share four surnames.  And half the village do, too.  So me realising that this Furuhata was my Furuhata and not some random Furuhata was quite an achievement!  So, I caught up with Furuhata-san on a walk and congratulated her.  She said thank you and kept talking about the weather.  Huh?  I understand modesty but this seemed a bit subdued even for that.  Being persistent (stubborn?) and smelling intrigue I asked what she won:  
A trophy.  
No money?  
No money.  
Does she get to label her apples 'award winning' and sell them at a premium price? 
No.  
Oh well, at least you get to eat one amazing apple, right? 
No.  
No??
No.  

JA keeps the prize wining apples and distributes them as a a gift from JA in the great back scratching, gift swapping, tender fixing, vote rigging game that is business here.  I expressed my amazement and she laughed and said it could have been worse- the category they had wanted to enter was Best Box of SunFuji Apples!!

So, in the spirit of acclimatisation I am starting my own competition.  All Japan Best Baked Cheesecake Competition.  Submissions to H Fukase c/o Azusagawa Post Office.  Trust me, that'll get to me. :) You don't do baked cheesecake?  Ok.  I'll open the category up a bit- All Japan Best Sweet Something Competition.  What do you think?  Winner, or what?

5 件のコメント:

illahee さんのコメント...

lol good idea!

Gina さんのコメント...

LOL, were you craving sweets today? :P And congrats to your neighbor on having some mighty fine apples! : )

illahee さんのコメント...

TAG!! lol

Nay さんのコメント...

With all the cheesecakes that are going to be delivered to your house, I am sure you are going to need another judge to help, right?!?! I'll be there with bells on, rofl!

Congrats to your friend and her apples though!!

thefukases さんのコメント...

Yup, craving western style sweets. I used to work weekends in a bakery when I was in highschool and we had the most amazing baked apple cheesecake slice. Japanese cheesecake does nothing for me- either all air and gelatine and no cheese flavour or tastes like biting into a block of cream cheese. Hmmm. And as for the baked cheesecakes at 7-11, how can they be baked when they come in a plastic purin cup?? I call false advertising!

And Nay- I definitely think the more judges we have the more reliable the results- and the more fun the judging!! so welcome welcome!