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CONTENTS

Hatsumode (Visiting shrines or temples in New Year) ~ Naritasan Shinshoji ~
Year Nickname of 2008 is gRath (Nezumi)
Event Calendar of Funabashi 2008(Jan. thru Mar.)
Hoikuen entrance application by January
Application for gHokago Roomh(After-school Child-care)
How to Use Public Bicycle Parking Lots on a Year-long Contract Basis
Japanese Cooking@`Gomoku Mame`(Soybeans simmered with vegetables)
Japanese Expressions  – Osechi Ryori –
07/08 Holiday Season Public Services
Back Number
2008
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2007

vol.49 vol.48 vol.47 vol.46

2006

vol.45 vol.44 vol.43 vol.42

2005

vol.41

vol.40

vol.39 vol.38

2004

vol.37

vol.36

vol.35 vol.34

2003

vol.33 vol.32 vol.31 vol.30
2002
vol.29 vol.28 vol.27 vol.26

2001

vol.25

vol.24 vol.23 vol.22

2000

vol.21 vol.20 vol.19

vol.18

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Osechi Ryori is eaten to celebrate New Year. It characterizes by herring roe, black beans, lobster, lotus roots and so on.

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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 fortune.

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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.

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The word gOsech" means the special day of seasonal change to celebrate.

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Osechi Ryori was originally introduced into Japan from China and became widespread in Edo period.

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You may come across the following conversation. gIn Japan it is the tradition to celebrate New Year with the whole family together eating Osechi Ryori.h

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