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  1. お雑煮

    お雑煮

    Ozoni (お雑煮, Japanese New Year Mochi Soup) is one of the popular osechi ryori dishes. It's a clear dashi based mochi soup with chicken and seasonal vegetables that's enjoyed in the Kanto region.
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    New Year in Tokyo

    Hello! I'll be going to Tokyo in late December/early January. Are there any suggestions on visiting Tokyo during this time of the year as well as spending New Year Eve ? I've heard it will be crowded and some museums will close, but unfortunately I can only go around these dates...
  3. Hatsumode

    Hatsumode

    A step by step guide to visiting a temple or shrine for New Year's in Japan.
  4. Joya-no-kane

    Joya-no-kane

    At midnight on December 31, Buddhist temples all over Japan ring their bells a total of 108 times (除夜の鐘) to symbolize the 108 human sins in Buddhist belief, and to get rid of the 108 worldly desires regarding sense and feeling in every Japanese citizen. A major attraction is The Watched Night...
  5. Tazukuri

    Tazukuri

    Tazukuri (田作り, "rice paddy maker"), dried sardines cooked in soy sauce. Sardines were used to fertilize rice fields and symbolise an abundant harvest.
  6. Kōhaku-namasu

    Kōhaku-namasu

    Kōhakunamasu (紅白なます), literally "red-white vegetable kuai," is made of daikon (white radish) and carrot cut into thin strips and pickled in sweetened vinegar with yuzu (Japanese citrus fruit) flavor.
  7. Datemaki

    Datemaki

    Datemaki (伊達巻) are sweet rolled omelettes mixed with fish paste or mashed shrimp. They symbolize a wish for many auspicious days. On auspicious days (晴れの日, hare-no-hi), Japanese people traditionally wear fine clothing as a part of enjoying themselves. One of the meanings associated with the...
  8. Kazunoko

    Kazunoko

    Kazunoko (数の子), herring roe, symbolises a wish to be gifted with numerous children in the New Year (kazu means "number" and ko means "child").
  9. Kuromame

    Kuromame

    Kuro-mame (黒豆), black beans; mame also means "health," thereby symbolising a wish for health in the New Year.
  10. Ozōni

    Ozōni

    Zōni (雑煮), a typical New Year's dish: either a clear broth or a miso broth with a variety of ingredients and mochi (pounded rice).
  11. Osechi-ryōri

    Osechi-ryōri

    Osechi-ryōri (御節料理 or お節料理) are traditional Japanese New Year foods. Here a selection of the most common types of food.
  12. Nengajō

    Nengajō

    Japanese New year cards (年賀状 nengajō), usually preprinted, they offer a large variety of motives. Here a selection of cards for the Year of the Monkey 2016.
  13. Hatsumode

    Hatsumode

    Hatsumode, offering the first prayers in the New Year. Shown here is Zozoji Temple (増上寺) in Tokyo http://www.jref.com/cgi-bin/jump.cgi?ID=20534
  14. Otoshidama

    Otoshidama

    Otoshidama (お年玉), the Japanese custom of giving money to children in the New Year.
  15. 餅つき Mochitsuki (Making Mochi)

    餅つき Mochitsuki (Making Mochi)

    Preparing mochi (pounded glutinous rice) for the New Year.
  16. Kadomatsu

    Kadomatsu

    A kadomatsu (門松, literally "gate pine") is a traditional Japanese decoration of the New Year placed in pairs in front of homes to welcome ancestral spirits or kami of the harvest. They are considered temporary housing (shintai) for kami.
  17. Toshikoshi soba

    Toshikoshi soba

    Toshikoshi soba (年越し蕎麦), year-crossing noodle, is Japanese traditional noodle bowl dish eaten on New Year's Eve. This custom lets go of hardship of the year because soba noodles are easily cut while eating.
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