Happy New Year!
We thank all the world for tremendous support for Tohoku last year following the earthquake.
May 2012 be a happy and wonderful year for you.
The top left is "Kazunoko",the herring roe,
It means prosperity of family.
It is necessary for Osechi.
The top right is shrinps. It means longevity.
The middle is "Kamaboko",boiled fish paste.
The pink paste means "to protect yourself from harm".
And the white means purity or cleanliness.
Pink and white are lucky colors for new year in Japan.
And the bottom is "Datemaki",
a rolled omelet mixed with fish paste.
This means culture,evolution.
Each food is necessary for Osechi.
This is "Nishime", vegetables and chicken stewed in a soy-flavored broth.
It is really time-consuming to cook...
because root crops such as carrot,lotus roots,burdocks take so much time to stew.
I usually use a microwave oven to boil root crops.
It is very convenient.