New Years Day – Oshogatsu Osechi

It’s January 1st or “oshogatsu”. Thanksgiving, Christmas and even birthdays have nothing on this day for Japanese families. My photos are of food, but know that the annual feast that’s cooked mainly by my mother but also my aunt and uncle, is for a family get together. We don’t have a shrine to visit as many do in Japan, so we have a special meal that we don’t forget for the rest of the year.

Like any special day, whatever it may be, one would hope it wouldn’t take a date on a calendar to make it come back. I know life can’t be Disneyland everyday, but once a year isn’t often enough. Twice would be nicer, right? Then you have to think: work is maybe 5 days a week, for almost every week and a special day is just one day. It doesn’t make much sense. Hopefully we’ll all figure out how to make this happen one day soon and value things that are really important.

Hope you enjoy the photos. Happy New Year. There are additional photos at the end in the set.



chicken drumettes and ribs

The good luck black beans.

Kazunoko, a new years item.



Assorted kanten



There’s two similar plates of mixed seafood. How cauliflower fits, I don’t know.

renkon chips

Cousin Mike objects to sea snails.


The toast with sake.


  1. BZ
    04 January 12, 12:45pm

    Eric, you posted a picture of Mayan Chicken on Giant robot web site in May of 2006. I am recently back from Mexico and had this exact same looking chicken and like you say, was excellent. Do you know how I can get in contact with chef Nelson or find this recipe?
    The picture came up doing a google search for “Mayan Chicken recipes”

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  3. 02 January 13, 11:25am

    [...] written and written about it before. It’s just another a day. A fine one. Here’s 2012. [...]

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