hoJapanese New Year’s food is called osechi-ryori, and colorful dishes are packed in layers of lacquer boxes, called jubako. The kinds of osechi dishes prepared at Japanese homes vary from region to region. Common dishes are kobumaki simmered kombu rolls, kuromame simmered black soy beans, kurikinton mashed sweet potato with sweet chestnuts, tazukuri candied dried sardines, and so on. Gobo burdock, renkon lotus roots, shrimps are often used ingredients. Also, various zoni mochi rice cake soup are commonly eaten during the holiday. Continue reading