Japanese New Year (Shogatsu)

Learn all about Japanese New Year traditions, food, and customs! And celebrate the New Year (Shogatsu) in style with our best Japanese New Year food recipes, featuring traditional osechi ryori おせち料理 and modern dishes. 

A Japanese plate containing Butter Soy Sauce Scallops.
A Japanese plate containing Butter Soy Sauce Scallops.

Butter Soy Sauce Scallops ホタテのバター醤油焼き

Pan-fried to perfection, these quick Butter Soy Sauce Scallops are an Osechi dish for...
Japanese New Year dish Kuri Kinton is served in the lacquer bowl.

Kuri Kinton (Candied Chestnuts and Sweet Potatoes) 栗きんとん

Kuri Kinton (Candied Chestnuts and Sweet Potatoes) is a sweet Osechi dish for Japanese...
White flower-shaped ceramic containing candied sardines (tazukuri)

Tazukuri (Candied Anchovies) (Video) 田作り

Tazukuri are toasted anchovies coated in a sweet honey-soy sauce glaze. Enjoy them in...
A rice bowl containing Sekihan (Red Bean Rice).

Sekihan (Red Bean Rice) (Video) 赤飯

Traditional Japanese rice recipe enjoyed during celebrations, sweet rice cooked with red bean and...
A Japanese ceramic bowl containing simmered chicken and vegetables.

Chikuzenni (Nishime) – Simmered Chicken and Vegetables 筑前煮

Classic Japanese nimono dish cooked with chicken, shitake mushrooms, lotus root, konnyaku, taro, and...
A Japanese bowl containing Toshikoshi Soba Noodle Soup with fish cake and wakame seaweed.

Toshikoshi Soba (New Year’s Eve Soba Noodle Soup) 年越しそば

Cross over into the New Year with a Japanese tradition by eating a piping...
Sweet black soybeans garnished with a gold leaf in Japanese red and gold dishes.

Instant Pot Kuromame 黒豆 (圧力鍋)

These gemlike Sweet Black Soybeans or Kuromame, cooked in the Instant Pot, are a...
A black bowl containing Namasu (Japanese Daikon and Carrot Salad).

Namasu (Daikon and Carrot Salad) 紅白なます

Namasu is a carrot and daikon radish salad that’s lightly pickled in sweetened vinegar...
A Kamadosan (Japanese donabe) containing Tai Meshi (Japanese Sea Bream Rice) garnished with julienned ginger.

How to Make Tai Meshi with Leftover Baked Sea Bream 鯛飯

Flavored by a savory broth extracted from sea bream bone, this Japanese Sea Bream...
A lacquer tray containing a whole Japanese Baked Sea Bream.

Japanese Baked Sea Bream 鯛の姿焼き

Seasoned with salt and baked till crisp on the skin and juicy inside, this...
Koshian (fine red bean paste) and Tsubuan (chunky red bean paste).

How to Make Anko (Sweet Red Bean Paste) 餡子

Sweet Red Bean Paste (Anko) of azuki beans is easy to make from scratch...
Amazake (Fermented Japanese Rice Drink) in a Japanese bizen cup.

Amazake (Fermented Japanese Rice Drink) 甘酒

Creamy with a natural mild sweetness, Amazake or sweet sake is a popular Japanese...
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