i didn’t pack any bentos today because it’s saturday and it’s new year’s!! next year i plan to make traditional japanese new year’s food (osechi ryori) in a nice stacked bento, and maybe do some decorating and a few activities at home… but this year we’re just watching football and going out drinking.
what is osechi ryori? it’s what’s traditionally eaten by japanese during the new year’s celebrations. it’s served in a multi-layer bento box.
clockwise from top left: mashed sweet potatos with chestnuts, tazukuri (sardines), fish paste tamagoyaki, kombuoku, black soybean, tamagoyaki, vinegared daikon and carrot with yuzu in yuzu shell, kamabuoku, smoked salmon and daikon rolls
clockwise from top left: boiled and seasoned prawn, vinegared mamakari (a sardine-like fish), herring roe, lotus root salad, grilled tofu, boiled and seasoned shiitake, ikura or cod roe? in a sudachi shell, chrysanthemum turnips
here is another osechi ryori spread from obento-diary:
i found a photo album from an american living in japan and his experience with osechi ryori and the japanese new year.
because this is a bento-oriented blog, i won’t really go into the japanese new year, but here are some interesting tidbits i stumbled across…
the owner of j-list has a great blog entry about a new year’s tradition involving the daruma. the daruma is a little round head that comes with no eyes. you color in one eye when you make a wish, and then color in the other eye when your wish comes true. i think you are supposed to burn them, but sometimes businesses will keep them on display as a symbol of prosperity. j-list also has a lot of traditonal japanese new year’s stuff in their collection, like cards, decorations, even a card game.
japane-guide.com has a good overview of japanese new year activities, and there is a link on the bottom of the page that goes over a few traditions in more detail. kidsweb japan has a cute article about a game played by kids on new years.
there are a lot of articles on the web for information on how japanese new year if you want to find out more!
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