I’d like to tell about Osechi-Ryori.
Osechi-Ryori is Japanese traditional New Year’s food.
We Japanese prepare it by New Year’s Eve
and eat it for New Year’s first three days.
It consists of many kinds of dishes.
Each dishes has each meaning that includes hopes,
for example, happiness, good health, longevity, etc.
It is kept in a tier of boxes, which we call “Jubako”.
Then I introduce some dishes.
Kuromame: Sweet black beans.
“Mame” means “hard working” or “live seriously”
or “spend healthy life though the year”.
Kurikinton: Sweet potato and chestnuts.
Sweet potatoes are mashed and mixed with chestnuts.
Kazunoko: Herring roe.
This includes the meaning to live long.
Kobumaki: simmered small fish wrapped with seaweed (konbu).
“Kobu” has the same sound with “Yorokobu”, this means, “pleasure”
Tazukuri: A lot of sweet tiny fish.
Cooked with salt. It means bumper crops.
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