Japan: Osechi from 15 Delicious New Year's Eve Traditions Around the World Slideshow

15 Delicious New Year's Eve Traditions Around the World Slideshow

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Japan: Osechi

In Japan, food names and colors are often symbolic. As part of the traditional New Year's meal, the boxes of food that make up the osechi have various meanings. For example, herring roe symbolizes fertility and the wish to have children while the black soybeans of kuro-mame represent health.