Do you know Osechi Ryori? Osechi ryori is a famous and traditional Japanese New Year Food, and what most Japanese people eat at the beginning of the new year. ( The first few days in January) The tradition started in the Heian Period (794-1185), yep it’s been a long time! and my mom and grandmoms still cook Osechi together every year. ( and of course I’d help if I go back home! )
Today, I wanna share some Kawaii Character Osechi you can purchase at Japanese markets in Japan. Hello Kitty, Disney Pooh and Micky & Minnie! They are all 10000 Yen ( US$100 ) Reservation required. It comes in Kawaii Osechi Bento boxes shown in the photos below. The holiday season in Japan does not end after Christmas! Im planning to make Osechi Ryori for my family this year!
Gobo Kobumaki (昆布巻) – Burdock root wrapped in kombu, tied with kanpyo (a kind of gourd) and simmered in niboshi dashi. Burdock is a very long root that symbolizes the Japanese ideal of a life, long and stable. This preparation also represents joy, as “kobu” sounds like “yorokobu” which means joyful.
Renkon no Nitsuke (レンコンの煮付け) – Lotus root cut like chrysanthemums then fried and simmered in a sweet soy sauce. The many holes in it allow us to look through to the year ahead.
Kikuka Kabu (菊花蕪) – This is a whole baby turnip cut to look like a chrysanthemum flower that’s then pickled in vinegar, salt and sugar with some chili pepper in the middle. The chrysanthemum is the symbol of the emperor and is used to mark joyous occasions.
Pirikara Konnyaku (ピリ辛コンニャク)– Konnyaku (yam jelly) simmered in a sweet and spicy sauce.
Nimono (煮物) – Fresh baby taro, carrots carved like plum blossoms, and shiitake mushrooms simmered in a katsuo/kombu dashi. The shape of the carrots in this dish is symbolic in that every plum flower bears one fruit, making this another wish for fertility.
I can’t believe November is almost over!