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Osechi is the traditional food eaten on New Year’s day in Japan. Have you ever tried it?

It looks similar to a bento box, but larger and fancier. It’s larger because they feed many people, and fancier because it is a celebration of the new year.

Traditionally, new years is a time of rest for everyone, including the cook of the household so the food is made up of things that last a few days without needing to be cooked/ warmed up.

These days, most families order their osechi from department stores and restaurants, but traditionally they would have been made ahead of new years day, and last the first 3 days of the year.

Many of the items are things that I personally am not a huge fan of, but there are plenty of things I enjoy eating as well.

If you want to learn about what each item represents, you can check out osechi on wikipedia:

What items look good to you?!