Humble Osechi/質素な御節(おせち)

Japanese Food

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!
警告: このブログで豪華な御節を見れるとは期待しないで下さい!

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.
追記: この御節とお雑煮は、妻が作って(または買って)、飾り付けたものです。

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