New Year's dish - Osechi in Japan - Part 1

In Japan, new year's days are probably the most important holiday, just like Christmas is for many of the European/American people. 

During the new year days, Japanese people mainly eat this Osechi that are in a lacque box called Oju. 

These tradition is said to have originated around 710 AD although some says as early as 300 BC. It probably began as a part of a ceremonial banquets as a cerebration of the change of seasons including the New Year's Days. 

What goes inside the Osechi varies from the family to family, so I am writing just a few that I am familiar.

Kuromame - black soybeans cooked softly, which bring good health to the new year. 

(Photo with a gold flake on top - not always done)

The next popular item is Kamaboko- fish cake with red (pink) and white color. These colors are often used for traditional festivities as the white is said to symbolize new beginning and the red represents felicitations.

Kazunoko is almost exclusively eaten during the New Year Days (at least for me). They are yellow herring roe marinated in Dashi (Japanese soup stock). The name means "the number of children", which literally symbolises a large prosperous family.

 

 

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