A Japanese New Year decoration. Made of mochi, topped with a tangerine.
I've always spent New Year's Eve at home.
Hold on, it's less lame than you'd think. My family has always made a point to celebrate the incoming new year together, as it's one of the only times that we're able to be all together. So every New Year's Eve we hold a small party with close friends and make tons (and I mean tons
) of food. And it's all based in the tradition of Japanese New Year.
What does that entail? Well, a lot of delicious food. There's traditional smaller dishes - candied chestnuts, sweet small black beans, larger black beans, tiny fish seasoned in sweet soy sauce, and more. My dad always makes a bunch of sushi too. And we eat soba noodles at midnight.
Most of the symbolism of the food is pretty typical for celebrating the New Year - the more noodles you eat, the longer your lifespan, the more mochi, the better luck you'll have. Some of the main dishes that we have include ozoni:
It's mochi soup with veggies. We also eat kazunoko, which is herring roe. Essentially, it's fish eggs that are attached to a strip of seaweed.
Yokan, a sweet bean jelly treat.
Obviously we don't follow the tradition to minute detail, but we celebrate it in our own way and always have. And it's always more fun that way!How do you celebrate New Year's Eve?