Osechi Ryori: Traditional New Year’s in Japan
Much like Christmas in many western countries, New Year’s is a time for family in Japan. No ball dropping, champagne popping cocktail parties over here. Most Japanese spend time spent with family huddled under the kotatsu, eating mikan, enjoying talk with beer and SAKE, watching count down specials on television. There are a few New Year’s traditions in Japan, but the most popular tradition is the eating of osechi ryori, special food eaten to give thanks and "wish for happiness and prosperity" in the new year.