すいようび - Lesson 11 Culture Discussion Due Today
Here's what's happening in class today:
- Today the Lesson 11 Culture Discussion is due.
- Don't forget that you will need to read and leave two insightful comments on your classmates' posts!
- Go to coaching! It's the most important assignment each week!
In the discussion, you'll have to talk about 4 different traditional new year's foods and their significance.
Then, you'll create your OWN version of おせちりょうり, and include two Japanese and two non-Japanese foods that are significant to YOU!
For this, you'll need to do some web research - don't forget to cite your sources of pictures and information!
Some foods you already have learned about include おぞうに, which is a soup with もち in it and other items. おぞうに differs from region to region, with delicious results!
Another favorite traditional new years food is としこしそば, which is extra long soba noodles that represent long life and health in the new year!
The main item you will learn about this week is おせちりょうり, (or おせち, for short) a meal comprised of boxes packed with delicious symbolic food for health and happiness in the new year. Each food item inside the おせち has a special meaning. You can learn more about a few of my favorites below, and then read the linked article to read about even more!
Check out this website to see what you can order for New Year's 2017!
すばす is a dish of れんこん (lotus root) pickled in rice vinegar. The holes in the lotus root represent a clear and "unobstructed view of the future."
These are so good! くろまめ are sweetened black beans. The word 豆 (まめ, bean) sounds similar to the word for good health & diligence: 忠実 (ちゅうじつ, can also be read まめ). So, naturally, you eat them for good health!
だてまき is made of a sweet omelette, and is rolled into a "scroll" shape, and sliced. Since it looks kind of like a writing scroll, its consumption has become a wish for "scholarship and culture."
Article: The Meaning Behind Osechi Ryori: Traditional New Year’s Food in Japan
Some other traditional new year's foods you have already learned about:
しつもん が ありますか。
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