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`(the buckwheat noodles eaten on the New Yearfs Eve)`

Nearer the end of the year, a lot of Soba noodles are seen at supermarkets or Soba  restaurants.

Itfs because Japanese have a traditional custom to eat Toshi-koshi-soba (Soba noodles) on the New Yearfs Eve.

The origin can be traced back to about 400 years ago.  

In those years people had plentiful harvests owing to a run of fine weather.  They began to eat long noodles, Soba, hoping the fortune would last in the coming year, too.  The length of Soba is associated with a long life and continuing fortune. People also eat Soba still now, wishing them on the day. 

Why donft you enjoy this Japanese custom while listening to Joya no Kane?

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‹L† Joya no KaneF@The bells of temples ringing 108 times to dispel 108 evil desires of human beings on the night December 31.

 
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