Getting Ready for Japanese New Year

Posted by on December 30, 2013 in Blog, Japanese Celebrations, Japanese Cuisine Favorites, Special Occasions, Vegetables & Vegetarian | 4 comments


The day after Christmas, if not sooner, my Mom and I begin our Oshogatsu (Japanese New Year) menu discussions.

Each year, our menu changes slightly, but my Mom still undertakes the bulk of cooking our family’s Osechi Ryori (traditional Japanese New Year’s dishes). Slowly but surely, each year I’ve been learning how to make a new osechi ryori dish. This year will be no different as I contemplate which dish to undertake…

So far, I have under my Osechi Ryori belt:

Ozoni: Traditional Mochi (Rice Cake) Soup

My Mom’s recipe is available in my blog post here: “Ozoni and Osechi Ryori 2011”

Ozoni - 11


Kuromame: Black Soy Beans

A family friend’s recipe is available in my blog post here: “Kuromame Sweet Black Soy Beans”

Kuromame - 10


I know what you’re thinking… just two dishes, not a whole lot, huh? However, we also celebrate Oshogatsu (Japanese New Year) with a multitude of other Japanese dishes along side our Osechi Ryori which makes for quite a feast.

Here are some menu ideas for Japanese dishes to compliment Osechi Ryori (recipe links embedded where available):

Kabocha korokke (Japanese pumpkin croquettes)

Kabocha Korokke - 7
Hourensou Tamagoyaki (Spinach Egg Roulade)

Horensou Tamagoyaki - 9a
Daikon and Ninjin Sunomono (Japanese Radish & Carrot Salad; also known in Japanese as “Namasu”)

Daikon and Ninjin Sunomono

Koya Dofu (Simmered Freeze Dried Tofu):

Koya Dofu - 10

Zenzai (Sweet Red Bean Soup with Mochi):

Zenzai - 14

For additional information regarding Osechi Ryori and the meaning of each type of food, my 2011 Osechi Ryori post is full of information!

Look for my 2014 Oshogatsu recap post next year!

Have a safe New Year’s Eve!


  1. avatar

    It all looks so wonderful, Judy! You are so lucky you get to cook dishes with your mom!! I didn’t grow up with any of these. :( Only had it in Japan…

    Hope you a Happy New Year!

    • avatar

      Thanks Melissa! We had a nice day prepping food. :) Best wishes for a Happy New Year!

  2. avatar

    Found your website while surfing for osechi recipes…Love your blog and the recipes you share. Will try to make
    Hourensou Tamagoyaki tomorrow.

    • avatar

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! Hope you enjoy the recipe. Happy New Year!

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