Osechi Ryori (御節料理) are the traditional foods enjoyed on New Year’s day in Japan. They come in an assortment of colorful dishes packed together in special boxes called jubako, which resemble bento boxes. Every dish of these traditional foods have special meaning in welcoming the New Year.
The Japanese celebrate the New Year Day with traditional New Year foods called Osechi Ryori (御節料理). Similar to bento boxes, Osechi Ryori are usually packed in 2-3 layers of lacquer boxes (ojubako) and there are many dishes in each layer. The entire family would share one ojubako to enjoy on new year’s day.
Here are some popular Osechi Ryori dishes enjoyed on the first day of the year. Don’t miss the delicious desserts at the end!
Popular Osechi Ryori dishes
Kuri Kinton (Candied Chestnut with Sweet Potatoes): Get the Recipe
Chikuzenni (Simmered Chicken & Vegetables): Get the Recipe
Kuromame (Sweet Black Soybeans): Get the Recipe
Kamaboko with Salmon Roe: Get the Recipe
Cucumber Wrapped Sushi: Get the Recipe
Pressure Cooker Anko (Red Bean Paste): Get the Recipe
Zenzai (Red Bean Soup with Rice Cakes): Get the Recipe