The month of January brings three of the most significant holidays in Japanese culture: San Ga Nichi, the first three days of the new year; Nanakusa, when the Japanese esat seven-herb porridge; and Kagami Biraki, the opening of the mochi.
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Ring in the New Year like a Japanese culinary pro with these three different kinds of traditional Osechi Ryori. These small plates symbolize health, wealth and longevity in the year to come and are an eye-pleasing addition to any table.
Sweet and savory at the same time, datemaki is a umami rich traditional Japanese recipe based on fishcakes and dashi stock that is often part of the traditional New Year’s festivities but can be made throughout the year as well.
Ozoni is a popular soup for Japanese New Year’s celebration. Each region has a different recipe, but Kansai style ozoni is one of the most popular ones! Learn how to make Kansai style ozoni with our recipe.
Ozoni is a popular soup with many ingredients, eaten during the New Years celebration. Each region has different takes on ozoni, with the Kanto region using simple dashi broths, chicken, and rectangular mochi!
Christmas in Japan is not a religious holiday, but just like in other cultures, there are several traditional Japanese Christmas foods that are enjoyed by families on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. While some may seem odd at first (KFC?!) there is...
Japanese sweet potatoes and candied chestnuts come together with a punch of umami in kuri kinton, a traditional New Year’s recipe that signifies wealth and prosperity in the future and can be prepared for many different occasions.
Osechi ryori is a celebratory meal in Japan, enjoyed during the New Year holiday and shared with family. The foods that comprise osechi ryori each have its own meaning and symbolism, many representing health, wealth, and happiness for the new year.
Chikuzen Ni is a traditional Japanese recipe that celebrates the New Year and the winter season by utilizing medicinal and immune boosting winter roots and vegetables to create a colorful and healthy meal!
In Japan, December means three major holidays: the winter solstice celebration, known as Toji; Christmas Eve; and Omisoka, the New Year's Eve purity rites, which take place in both the shrine and the home.