The New Years Dishes/Osechi-ryori

Osech-ryori are special side dishes eaten on the first three days of the new year.. Tiered lacque boxes are abundantly loaded with multi-hued side diehses, grilled or boiled dishes and vinegared dishes.. It appears that present-day osechi-ryori was developed with the parituclar practice of keeping it as is for a while, because it is splendid to look at, and also out of consideeration for reducing housewives' work for three days.. There are some regional differences but osechi contents are essentially fixed.


Those contents are respectively charged with wishes; for example,, sea bream(tai) is "auspicious"(mede-tai), herring roe (kazu no ko) indicates "the prosperity for ones descendants", and sea tangle roll (kobu maki)means "happiness"(yoro-kobu)


by the book "Traditional Japanese Culture & Modern Japan"




  • tobym 8y

    Happy New Year, suika!!
  • *suika * 8y

    ahh, toby, Happy New Year !!!
  • George W Bowles Sr 8y

    Sound's Like Great Food We All Need !!! Fine Capture. And Have A Great 2007 To You And Your Family.
  • Christine 8y

    Mmmmmmm . . . .It all looks delicious & I love those red boxes for serving the food!
  • Don Baird 8y

    Wow.... that looks awesome. I want some.... lol.......... :)
  • Liz 8y

    I'm not a big fan of roe and etc, but I adore the presentation, it's marvellous!!!

    Beautiful colours of the food and the lovely partitioned serving boxes.

    It looks so very edible!
  • Pink Hibiscus 8y

    Wonderful image. And thanks for sharing the information. Happy New Year to you!
  • .margarida. 8y

    they all looks so delicious!! Happy New Year!
  • jude 8y

    the presentation is beautiful - i would like one but all vegetarian! :)
  • elvy 8y

    Lovely!! Happy New Year Suika!! :-)
  • Neville Sukhia 8y

    looks you got me hungry = )
  • Dr Tao 8y

    Oishiso! Tabetai desu!

    Douzo, Suika-san, Guten Tag-group-ni happyo-kudasai!
  • .. eugénia .. 8y

    Oh, my, they are really wonderful to look at! And must be also very delicious.
  • *suika * 8y

    I thank you for all of your visiting and commenting. :)

    Dr Tao, thank you for your invitation!
  • Lauranne 8y

    wowthis looks so yummy !! and thanks a lot for the explanations, it's so nice to know about different traditions :)
  • hanabi 8y

  • Purrrpl_Haze 8y

    These look absolutely delightful, Suika!

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • AUS 8y

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