Osechi

Japanese New Year Food

What is Osechi?

Osechi is the Japanese traditional new year food eaten in a few days of the new year. The food is preserved so the people who cook everyday can relax at home and do not have to cook during the new year holidays.


The meanings of the food

Many items of the food have meanings. For example, shrimps are for living a long life. The herring roe is to have many children. The lotus root is to foresee the future. Osechi is put in a box called ju-bako, stacked boxes.