What we eat on New Year’s Day in Japan

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).

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Chikuzen-ni 筑前煮 notice the vegetables are all Root vegetable, wishing for prosperity
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Namasu なます (Carrots and radish seasoned in vinegar for PEACE)
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My mom’s special roast beef ( I don’t think beef never be the part of traditional OSECHI feast..though sooo yummy)
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KOBUMAKI (kelp roll, inside is fish) looks strange but sooooo yummy
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A HAPPY NEW YEAR in KANJI and KAGAMI-MOCHI (かがみもち)
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DATEMAKI あ

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KAZUNOKO数の子 (fish egg…like cabia)、KUROMAME黒豆 (sweet black beans)、UNIうに(sea urchin)

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刺身SASHIMI

 

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..

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