With only 2 weeks left of this year, I’m beginning to get into the holiday mood!
In Japan, the first thing that comes to mind when you think about new year, is without a doubt osechi cuisine.
Osechi cuisine is a special part of Japanese cuisine eaten only at new year. It is a lucky charm, offered to the god of the New Year named ‘Toshigami’, who brings blessings of joy, and wishes for good health and happiness for the entire family for the coming year.
Originally, osechi cuisine was offered to god at the turn of the new season, however because New Year’s is considered the most important time of year, osechi cuisine became referred to as the food of the New Year.
Osechi cuisine is packed into a heavy box consisting of many layers. The layers are stacked on top of one another and is said to have the meaning of ‘stacking fortune and happiness’.