What is the "Osechi-ryori" eaten in New Year's Holidays?

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Manga Designers Lab.

Dec 29 ,2017

"My friends, have you prepare for the New Year's Day?
In Japan, people usually spend New Year's Day with their family.
Then the special dishes appeared on the dining tables are called "Osechi-ryori".
Osechi-ryori is a kind of Japanese cuisine which is prepared at the end of the year and eaten in New Year's Holidays with family members.
Every kind of cuisine is placed the "hope" of new year.
Now, let's get to know the "Osechi-ryori" in detail !"

"The so-called "Osechi-ryori" refers to the delicacies eaten in the New Year's Holidays.
Many dished shall be prepared at the end of the year and eat them within three New Year's days.
"To avoid fire hazard in New Year's Holidays", "No need to do housework, just enjoy life" etc., such causes form their habit of making the Osechi-ryori , certainly, there are other kinds of reason"

The black beans are made from black soybean which is cooked in the boiling water until appearing a full wrinkle-free look, and a bit sweet almost.
So eating black beans contains the wishes of healthy with suntanned skin and strong desire for hard work.

A kind of food which is actually the salted kazunoko.
Japanese people like to eat it as a mascot which symbolizes wealth and grand-generativity.

Rolls fish such as herring with kelp, then cooking them to the salty and sweet cuisine.
In Japan, the "kelp" is pronounced "KOBU" , so it becomes a mascot that has the same pronunciation of "Joy",
which means the desire that the people may have a lot of "joy" in the new year.

Because of the image of shrimp and its long beard, then eating shrimp contains the desire for health and longevity, that is, "live to be a old man with long beard and bent waist".

Because its shape is similar to the scroll, the fish omelet means a desire to enrich knowledge.

The Kamaboko is made of minced fish which is cooked after freezing.
Because its shape is like the rising sun, thus such cuisine in the Osechi-ryori means the sunrise in the New Year's Day. Red and white are the color combination which has been used as a symbol of celebration since ancient times in Japan. It is said that the red is used to ward off evil, while the white has the meaning of holy and pure.

Kurikinton is a kind of dish which made by cooked mashed sweet potatoes, and
incorporated with boiled chestnuts. It looks like a nugget, so the people eat the Kurikinton with a implied meaning of flourished business and prosperity.

This is a kind of dried salted young anchovy with a salty and sweet taste.
In the past, the young anchovy is used as the fertilizer placed in the paddy field, so the people eat them in the New Year's Holidays with the wish for a prosperous year.

The spindled burdock is deeply rooted in the ground and used as a "fortunate" food material in various dishes.
It contains the desire for "firm and secure happiness".

If the whole family sit around together to taste the Osechi-ryori, the New Year's atmosphere will be rising all at once.
If you get to know the meaning of each dish of Osechi-ryori, you will have the feeling of a coming better year.
What about to try the Osechi-ryori together?

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