Here are the things we (typical Japanese people, I think…) eat on new year’s day. Because of the space issue, we could not make all OSECHI (Japanese traditional New Year’s day feast) and put them in traditional lunch boxes (ju-bako).
Here are some of the OSECHI and its meanings that I know.
Kobumaki (kelp-roll)昆布巻き：Meaning “joyful”. First words “kobu” sounds the same with “YOROKOBU 喜ぶ(being pleased, feeling happy) ” ‘s KOBU.
Chikuzenni 筑前煮：Wish for “prosperity of decendants” becauuse this dish has all the root vegies like carrots, lotus roots, potatos….
Datemaki 伊達巻：It is kind of rolle egg (sweet), because of its shape is like traditional book (rolled paper), this is for the knowlege and learning..