I believe the beauty of Japanese New Year is in the morning of January 1st, is when we have the OSECHI. It is a traditional celebration food, placed neatly in a beautiful Jyu-Bako (a layer of furnished wood boxes that can be stacked up or layed out open). Each menu have special meanings; wish for long living, prosperity of the descendants, happiness, promotion in work, etc, that leads to happiness of the new year.
This tradition started in the early 17th Century, changing its style from time to time, and also from area to area and family to family. So, with some basic rules, the taste of every Osechi is different depending on where your parents are from, where you live and who you are married to. As my parents’ origin are from west Japan but we’ve living in Tokyo for more a long time, our family has a MIXed style.
Cooked neatly and beautifully, these turned into our family’s New Year Brunch, OSECHI!