OSECHI. Hanko, A gift from Japan.

New Year dishes, We eat traditional dishes called OSECHI during the New Year holiday. The word OSECHI means “a feast for the New Year ” Typical OSECHI includes rolled kelp, mashed sweet potato with chestnut, sweetened black soybeans, teriyaki style small dried sardines, fried burdock root, fish cakes, salted herring roe, rolled sweet omelet and so on. Each dish has a blessed meaning such as happiness, prosperity, long life etc. These foods are prepared during the last few days of December and beautifully arranged in tiered lacquered boxes so that housewives do not have to worry about cooking during the New Year holidays. Today we are able to buy OSECHI dishes in department stores and supermarkets.