It is a custom in Japan on New Year’s Day to eat lucky food called ‘osechi’.    Many of the food items represent prosperity, good fortune and health.   Osechi was originally a way for families to survive the first few days of the New Year when shops throughout Japan are closed for the holidays.    This food can be made and stored in a cool place without spoiling for a few days.

During my wife’s grandmother’s time they would spend days making osechi prior to New Years.    Today most people purchase their osechi at a department store which start taking orders as early as late October.   You need to order early at some of the high end stores as they can sell out within a few days.     We got ours from Takashimaya department store.

Japanese New Year's Day Lucky Food: 'Osechi'

Japanese New Year's Day Lucky Food: 'Osechi'

Japanese New Year's Day Lucky Food: 'Osechi'

Japanese New Year's Day Lucky Food: 'Osechi'

Japanese New Year's Day Lucky Food: 'Osechi'

Japanese New Year's Day Lucky Food: 'Osechi'

Japanese New Year's Day Lucky Food: 'Osechi'

Japanese New Year's Day Lucky Food: 'Osechi'

Japanese New Year's Day Lucky Food: 'Osechi'

Japanese New Year's Day Lucky Food: 'Osechi'

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