It’s New Year’s day and the lovely mothers are spending their day with their families. The sons also reunited since Daisuke came visiting Tokyo.
It was a lovely and warm episode, until coronavirus hits 😅 See everyone was wearing masks LOL.
There were quite many terms associated with New Year’s tradition in Japan that I couldn’t put translation notes in each and every word, so I’ll sum them up here.
- Osechi dish: Osechi-ryōri are traditional Japanese New Year foods. The tradition started in the Heian period. Osechi are easily recognizable by their special boxes called jūbako, which resemble bentō boxes.
- Ozoni soup: Zōni, often with the honorific “o-” as o-zōni, is a Japanese soup containing mochi rice cakes. The dish is strongly associated with the Japanese New Year and its tradition of osechi ceremonial foods. Zōni is considered the most auspicious of the dishes eaten on New Year’s Day.
- Katsuobushi: Katsuobushi is dried, fermented, and smoked skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis, sometimes referred to as bonito). Shaved katsuobushi and dried kelp—kombu—are the main ingredients of dashi, a broth that forms the basis of many soups and sauces in Japanese cuisine.
- Otoshidama: Otoshidama is a Japanese New Year traditional custom where adults give money to the children in their family.
I hope you enjoy it!
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