Osechi is a traditional Japanese New Year’s dish which is an assortment of small dishes arranged in tiered ware boxes. Most dishes in osechi are cooked in order to be preserved for at least three days. This is because it was believed that Toshigami (god celebrated at the beginning of New Year) comes and stay in our house in first three days of January and we should not use kitchen during that period. It is also said this is because women don't have to cook.
Each dish has meaning, and is part of celebrating the New Year and has some auspicious meaning which reflects people’s wishes. For example, “kuro-mame,” sweet simmered black beans, are for diligence as “mame” means diligent. And “kazunoko,” herring roe, represents fertility.
Updated: 26 November, 2018