During Oshogatsu, the traditional food Japanese eat is known as Osechi ryouri. This tradition began during the Heian Period (794-1185) and is packed in square bento boxes known as the 'juubako'.
The photo above was e-mailed to me from my host family in Tokyo when I ask then what do they usually eat during New Year. Basically, it contains black beans, Kobu maki (fish meat wrapped in Kombu), Vegetables, Gomame (small dried anchovies or sardines), Kurikinton (traditional Japanese confectionary made from Chesnut) and more.
What food do you usually eat during your traditional festival?
First of all, Happy New Year to all followers and readers of Shoujiki Shindoi! One day late but still, 明けましておめでとうございます！(Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu!) I hope that you've spent 2011 wisely and may 2012 be a great year for you with lots of happiness and 100% health!
Secondly, thanks for all the love and support you've gave Shoujiki Shindoi last year. I am probably one of the laziest blogger ever and yet you never abandon Shoujiki Shindoi. I hope that 2012 will be a better year with lots of interesting updates from me haha.今年もよろしくお願いします！(Kotoshi mo yoroshiku onegaishimasu!)
Next, there shouldn't be too much changes here this year and I can't promise any super interesting content but I'll try my best to bring in something worth reading once in a while. Please continue to support Shoujiki Shindoi in the future!
Should have posted this entry last year but at Shindoi, we're doing it at 'my pace' haha.
Remember that "Let's Visit Japan!" entry I posted some time during October regarding an announcement by Japan Tourism Agency regarding 10,000 free air tickets for foreigners to visit Japan? Sorry to spoil your holiday mood but apparently, the budget for this proposal was declined thus, no free tickets for y'all!
“We realise that this announcement is going to disappoint thousands of people around the world, but we hope people will understand how insensitive it would appear for the Japanese Government to give people free flights to Japan when the cities, towns and villages devastated by the tsunami are still in desperate need of funding for reconstruction. We also would not want people thinking that the generous donations given from around the world to aide those affected by the disaster was being spent on giving people free flights".