We Japanese celebrate New Year for wishing family's health and good fortune. Most of the house wives cook themselves or buy in a restaurant, department store or even on internet specific and certain square box for family table in the special day.
The special meal is called Osechi-ryori, the foods should contain ingredients regard as good luck and good fortune.
I take authentic Japanese cooking class, Egami cooking school every week. The class provides 3 hours practical cooking using seasonal ingredients along with seasonal event. I've been learning Osechi ryori at the classes in December. The recipe has been inherited for three generations so I could learn traditional cooking method there.
Look at the pretty flowers in the box. The ingredients of the flowers are egg white, egg yolk, salt and sugar. Even though the ingredients are so simple, the taste is amazingly rich and gorgeous. I was really impressed this. The cooking method contains large bag of tricks.
I'll introduce more about osechi ryori in following blogs.