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Osechi(Japanese traditional New Year’s dish) the origin,the meaning of each ingredient

Osechi is Japanese traditional New Year’s dishes.
Each dish contains meaning associated with the ingredient in it. I’ll introduce some of them.

○herring roe (kazunoko)
It stands for ‘kodakusan’ meaning many children

○sea bream (tai)
It is associated with ‘medetai’ meaning happiness or auspiciousness.

○cooked black soybeans (kuromame)
It wishes for ‘a diligent life’

○coiled kelp (kobumaki)
It stands for ‘yorokobu’ meaning happiness

○lobster or prawn (ebi)
It is for longevity because its body is bent like an old person's.

‘Osechi’ means ‘food offered on occasion ’. 
The beginning of Osechi goes back to Heian period. In those days osechi was provides for blessing happiness and health five times in a year at various festivities.

Today it only refers to the New Year's dishes .

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