06 January 2010

New Year Food in Japan

How are you spending this holiday season?

I had a wonderful new year with my husband and dog at my small house.
We usually go back to our hometown where our parents live every year,
but it is tooooooo hard for me to get the air tickets on this season...

In Japan we have some traditional special foods on New Year Table.
Please see photos.
We call them "Osechi".
And we put Osechi in three box case like these.
( also much more in refrigerator!!)

I cooked this on Dec.31.
It was very hard and took long time, and I got tired.
But thanks to that, I had no need to work in the kitchen during this holiday!!

Each of foods has meanings and wishes.
( I dont know some of them)


black sweet beans
boiled fish paste
mushed sweet potato and chesnut
seaweed and something..
burdock pickles
steamed and rolled egg

salmon rolled with seatangle
pickled raddish shaped like flower
roasted beef
herring roe
roasted duck
candied fish (Ayu)

This is called Chikuzen-ni".
It contains chicken, taro potato, carrot, Konnyaku, lotus root,
Shiitake mashroom, bamboo shoot, green bean.

I didn't like Osechi foods very much when I was a child
because it was a little boring for me...

But now I love them so much!

I love Japanese foods very much :)


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taeco said...

Hi,Dinie! Thank you for your comment!
I'm sorry I didn't notice your comment.
Because I don't know well how this blog works...

I'm glad to hear that you like KOTO music :)

It's so difficult for me to write blog in English, but I am going to try because I want to make my English better!
Please come again!
Thank you so much :):)