Osechi, a gorgeous Japanese food!

Osechi-ryori is a traditional Japanese food which we eat on new year. Osechi-ryori consists of many dishes like a picture and which dishes inside the box differs depending on the area and the home.

Most dishes are cooked to preserve several days by using salt, vinegar or sugar.

Originally, Osechi-ryori was an offering to a Japanese god on new year’s eve and it is  not good to use kitchen during the first 3 days of the new year. People decided to cook foods on new year’s eve and eat them next 3 days. Also, Some people insist that people eat Osechi-ryori so that women don’t have to cook during the period.

Japanese people used to cook Osechi-ryori at their houses. Now the lifestyles in Japan has been changed and some people buy Osechi-ryori at supermarkets and department stores. It is very easy to buy and you can buy osechi-ryori cheap. You can try them when you visit Japan during the new year’s celebration.

As I mentioned in previous part, Japanese people like to make a reason for their behavior. Each Osechi-ryori has special meanings like happiness, joy, or our health.

Let’s take a look at some examples.


 →a symbol of longevity. The shape of shrimp looks like an old man who bend down with age.

■Red & White Fish Cake


 →Red fish cake stands for a talisman against the evil and White fish cake stands for pure.

■Salted herring roe

 →symbolize prosperity of descendants.

■Simmered black soy beans

  →work hard and get sunburned under the sun.

■Sweet rolled Omelette

 →symbolize smartness because its shape is looks like a hand scroll.

■Mashed sweet potatoes with sweet chestnuts

→the golden color means the economic fortune and prosperity.

■Lotus roots

→You can see into the future.


There are too many to show you.

If you are interested in, it is a good idea to ask your friends in Japan!

Thank you.