Mochi is Japanese New Year and Japanese New Year is mochi.
These blocks of pounded sticky rice are made in this season and used as a decoration and as food.
A soup is made with mochi. There are many very different regional or familial recipes, many lovely original ingredients…
Noodles eaten to pass the year and symbolize continuity.
Osechi Ryori, New-Year good luck dishes are old style dishes whose names, colors or shapes are linked with good things. Most of it is prepared a few days in advance with many different ingredients and displayed in big lacquer boxes.
Here is an example of home-made full menu :
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