New Year 2012 Celebrations : Osechi Ryori

Remember the posts i did on osechi ryori last year?
Well it seems some of you did [THANK YOU] cos several of you asked me in my last post if i was going to post the pics from this year.

But before i begin, i figured it was best i post the FAQ i posted last year in case anyone wonders the same questions….

Do Japanese people celebrate Lunar New Year?
No we dont, we celebrate New Year which is 01 Jan as per western calendars. New Year is a huge deal and we get quite a few days off. Its one of the rare days that most shops even supermarkets and convenience stores are shut.

What is the osechi?
[From wikipedia]Osechi-ryōri (御節料理 or お節料理) are traditional Japanese New Year foods. The tradition started in the Heian Period (794-1185). Osechi are easily recognizable by their special boxes called jūbako (重箱), which resemble bentō boxes.”

How did the osechi tradition start?
[From wikipedia] “Originally, during first three days of the New Year it was a taboo to use a hearth and cook meals, except when cooking zōni. Osechi was made by the close of the previous year, as women did not cook in the New Year.”

When do you eat osechi?
it is eaten on the first day of the year ie New Year. We are meant to keep eating it for 3 days hence the enormous amount of food. However like most japanese people, i do get sick of it by the 2nd day. XD

Any other questions? let me know and i’ll get back to you ^^

OK! onto the osechi this year!!
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Yup that’s my 3 tiered jubako, you probably seen it last year.

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