Friday, 28 January 2011

The traditional Japanese New year foods

It's a bit late but OSECHI is the traditional Japanese New year  foods.

The dishes that make up OSECHI each have a special meaning celebrating the New Year. 

Kamaboko, broiled fish paste. Traditionally, slices of red and white kamaboko are alternated in rows or arranged in a pattern. The color and shape are reminiscent of Japan rising sun, and have a celebratory, festive meaning.

Kazunokoherring roeKazu means "number" and ko means "child". It symbolizes a wish to be gifted with numerous children in the New Year.

Konbu, a kind of seaweed. It is associated with the word yorokobu, meaning "joy".

Kuro-mameblack soybeansMame also means "health," symbolizing a wish for health in the New Year.

Taired sea-breamTai is associated with the Japanese word medetai, symbolizing an auspicious event.

Ebi, skewered prawns cooked with sake and soy sauce.

From wikipedia

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