On New Year's Eve, my family had toshikoshi soba (year-crossing buckwheat noodles) for supper, like tens of million people in Japan, together with some tempura, but we skipped "toshitori zakana", which is salmon in Niigata. Toshitori zakana is the fish that is eaten on New Year's Eve, and is buri (adult yellowtail) in Kansai (Western Japan) and salmon in Kanto (Eatern Japan). That being said, the term "toshitori zakana" itself was unheard-of when I lived in Tokyo.
And, today, we had o-zoni for late breakfast. In Niigata, o-zoni contains salmon and seasoned with soy sauce (and salt). The mochi are rectangular. (In Kansai, they are supposed to be circular, although I have no idea whether this is still true.) To the surprise of someone like me, who was born and bred in Tokyo, the people in Niigata simmer mochi, not grill, before putting them in zoni.
My family's humble osechi and o-zoni
Warning: Don't expect to see gorgeous osechi in my blog!
Edited to added:
The osechi and the o-zoni (or zoni) shown above were made (or bought) and arranged by my wife.
This arrangement of flowers (ikebana in Japanese) was also by my wife.
January 1, 2011
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To keep with tradition is beautiful enough! I hope you and your family has a Happy New Year!!! I look forward to reading more of your post in the future!
Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu! Happy New Year! I have been reading for a long while but am commenting for the first time today. I hope your family enjoys a prosperous and peaceful new year.
Rose and Lisa: Thank you both for your respective comments!
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year to you and your family, Hiroyuki!
Nancy Heller: Happy New Year to you, too!
Happy new year Hiroyuki. Hope you enjoyed your meals - even when there were bought. I don't think that anyone prepares nicely coloured and shaped fishcakes right from the scratch.
We had fondue chinoise or hot pot or shabu shabu - as you call it, it's allmost the same. Fondue is a tradional food for new years eve in germany. Afterwards I put some soba in the remaining broth, this is so not german, but I like it. The firework afterwards was great too. Next day was simply curing the hang over, my husband suffered the most :-)
Looking out for more of your wonderful postings in the year of the rabbit.
Kiki: Happy New Year to you, too!
I'm glad you had a wonderful new year's eve dinner, too!
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