New Year's is very important for Japanese people. This is the same thing as X'mas for Europeans and Americans. For New Year's, family members get together like you do it for X'mas, although less people might follow our traditional way to celebrate for New Year's than before.
On New Year's Eve, we eat " SOBA NOODLES " to wish for long and healthy life.
I made SOBA NOODLE, VEGETABLE TEMPURA and INARI SUSHI.
On New Year's Day, we eat sticky rice cake with soup for breakfast.
You can find a lot of types of this food in different places in Japan.
Mine is sticky brown rice cake, carrot, daikon radish and Komatsuna with soup.
The broth was made with shiitake mushroom, kombu seaweed and soy souce.
This is also very traditional food for New Year which is called " OSECHI RYOURI "
To cook this food, housewives are very busy on New Years Eve. But once it is made, we eat the food from these boxes for three days or more...
we make this food so that housewives can also be relaxed for this three days new year holiday^^
Nowadays, you can also order or buy from any nice Japanese restaurant or at the department store. It will be a bit expensive but very delicate!
My OSECHI RYOURI is made the Macrobiotic way, so not everything is really the same food as the OSECHI RYOURI people eat in Japan.
☆Dried daikon radish, dried tofu and carrot
☆Gobo(burdock root) cooked with Umeboshi vineger and sesame seeds
☆NISHIME ( lotus root, carrot, daikon radish, gobo, satoimo, yam cake )
☆Black soy bean with kombu seaweed
☆Azuki bean and Kabocha pumpkin
☆mashed Japanese sweet potatoes and chesnuts