Osechi ryōri (御節料理)
Osechi-ryōri (御節料理 or お節料理) are traditional Japanese New Year foods. The tradition started in the Heian Period (794-1185). Osechi are easily recognizable by their special boxes called jūbako (重箱), which resemble bentō boxes. Like bentō boxes, jūbako are often kept stacked before and after use.
Osechi ryōri is delicious and also beautiful to watch. It is also a bit expensive (around 10 000 yens) but it looks like jewels in a treasure box. You can also reuse those beautiful boxes after.
Hello Kitty osechi ryōri
Disney Mickey and Minnie Mouse osechi ryōri
Zōni (雑煮), 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.
Renkon (Lotus Root)
Lotus Root with Mentaiko (marinated roe of pollock) and Perilla
Kamaboko is traditionally in an Osechi box and can be transformed in different shapes to make it even more appealing.
The carrots are often used in osechi ryori and are most of the time in a plum flower shape.