Wanna See a Japanese New Years?

Updated: Jan 14, 2020

Happy New Year!

I know this is coming a little late, as it has been a full week since the turn of the decade. I have been taking some distance from crocheting and the social media/public eye for the last couple of weeks to really spend that time with my friends and family during the holidays.

Prior to the break I had completed my fourth market of the year (and ever!), and was definitely feeling the pressure to make and market and take pictures and post and write and edit and make some more and plan and etc. etc. etc. So I stayed at my moms for a few days and spent some time exploring other crafts, and then took a trip to San Diego to enjoy sun and no crafting *gasp*. It was weird.

But then we returned from the sunny weather to the wind and rain of Seattle, and the much better tap water (wow).

So that brings us to New Years! Many people when you talk about a New Years Party think of the New Years Eve countdown to the new year kind of party. In Japanese Culture it’s the first day of the year, New Years Day, that equals party time. It’s filled with cooking traditional roots and vegetables (nishime), all of which represent different kinds of good luck.

  • Kuromame: black beans; good health

  • Kazunoko: herring row; fertility

  • Datemaki: sweet rolled omelet; academic success

  • Kuri kinton: mashed sweet potato with chestnuts; wealth

  • Konbu: seaweed; joy

  • Ebi: shrimp; long life

  • Tazukuri: dried anchovies; bountiful harvest

  • Gobo: burdock root; bountiful harvest

  • Satoimo: taro; prayer for children

There are many other types of traditional New Years food, some traditional to our family but not necessarily traditional Japanese New Years food:

  • Salmon

  • Sushi rolls

  • Chawanmushi

  • Deviled eggs (my specialty)

  • Sashimi

  • Green beans

And of course, since our New Years is hosted by my mom, there is also the tradition of making sure our dog doesn’t eat the food off people’s plates!

Connecting with my family is something that I have always valued, and so taking some time off of the public aspect of crocheting and crafting was a good refresh for me, and now I can move full steam ahead!

Thanks to https://soranews24.com/2013/01/03/%E3%80%90japanese-culture%E3%80%91the-meaning-behind-osechi-ryori-traditional-new-years-food-in-japan/ for being my reference on the lucky New Years Food

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