Osechi Ryori

Osechi Ryori

Osechi Ryori
Osechi Ryori

Osechi Ryori is a traditional Japanese food on new Years Day. It is the most important meal of the year. Each meal has a special meaning and wish for the new year. Osechi Ryori consist of a small colorful dishes packed in a special box called jubako. Usually it has 2 or 3 layers of boxes (ojubako). The whole family will share each ojubako.

The tradition is going back to the Heian period (794-1185) when people for offering food to the Gods on sechinichi (day of the season changing). Over the years tradition spread and since Edo period (1603-1868) it become very popular to eat special food on the first days of the year.

Some of the most food meanings:

Multi-layer boxes represent heath and wealth.

Black beans mean health

Herring roe means to have many children in a new year

Fish cake means good luck

Sweet dumplings that are made from the chestnuts mean financial prosperity

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