Osechi Ryori is
eaten to celebrate New Year. It characterizes by herring roe, black
beans, lobster, lotus roots and so on.
The large number
of herring roe symbolizes fecundity, black beans represent vigor to
work hard, lobster with its long feelers associates the long life of
an old person bent almost double with great age, and lotus roots
with many holes are considered as perspective that will bring good
Osechi Ryori frees
women from the drudgery kitchen for New Year 3 days. It is cooked to
be kept for a long time as the preserved food.
The word “Osech"
means the special day of seasonal change to celebrate.
Osechi Ryori was
originally introduced into Japan from China and became widespread in
You may come across the following conversation.
“In Japan it is the tradition to celebrate New Year with the whole
family together eating Osechi Ryori.”