2016 New Year

A Happy New Year 2016!
Hope the new year will bring you happiness!!!

So we Japanese celebrate the New Year’s Day just like CNY and we have special dish for the celebration.

Kagamimochi, rice cake is a must and I made this from glutenous rice with my daughter.

–>Read more about the Kagamimochi at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kagami_mochi

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I also made mizuhiki small decoration.

–> Read more about the mizuhiki at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mizuhiki

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Simple version without pine tree leaf.

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Made a plum flower shape for my daugther. The shape of the mizuhiki all have meanings and this flower means good luck :)

 

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Osechi is the special meal for the new year and usually come in special lacquer boxes called Jubako. The best moment is when you open the lids!

 

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I always like to cook the osechi meal but not all the dish are my family’s favourite so usually I cook some of them and add unaju (eel kabayaki with rice).

–> Read more about the osechi @ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osechi

Some of the dish I cooked:

Datemaki (伊達巻 or 伊達巻き), sweet rolled omelette mixed with fish paste or mashed shrimp. They symbolize a wish for many auspicious days.

Ebi (エビ), skewered prawns cooked with sake and soy sauce. It symbolizes a wish for a long-life, suggesting long beard and bent waist.

Nishiki tamago (錦卵), egg roulade; the egg is separated before cooking, yellow symbolizing gold, and white symbolizing silver, both of these together symbolising wealth and good fortune.

Some of the dish I bought:

Kamaboko (蒲鉾), broiled fish cake. Traditionally, slices of red and white kamaboko are alternated in rows or arranged in a pattern. The color and shape are reminiscent of Japan rising sun, and have a celebratory, festive meaning.

Kazunoko (数の子), herring roe. Kazu means “number” and ko means “child.” It symbolizes a wish to be gifted with numerous children in the New Year.

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Zōni (雑煮), a soup of mochi rice cakes in clear broth (from my home town, Fukuoka). We have quite a variety for the style of zoni.

Served little bit of eel kabayaki, too.

 

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Had the Japanese sake from Kesennuma and served cold. The gold sakazuki (celemonial sake cup) and the gold-rimmed small glasses are from my in-law. I’ve been using silver for long but gold definitely adds festive mood!

I hope to continue private table arrangement lessons this year. It always better to learn at home using your own table wares. If you are interested in the private lesson, feel free to contact me. We can also discuss how to organise your table wares and things you want to add to your collection. Hope this year I can organise a group lessons at a restaurant :)

Below is the link to my previous New Year articles (all are in Japanese but you can still enjoy the photos).
2015
2014
2013
2011
2010
2009

 

When I look back, I can see my skill have improved!!! It all goes the same for fashion, interior and table arrangement that we need to practice after learning the tips and theory. I took a foundation course before and it shows in the pictures.

Thank you for reading it through!

ERI
Organised LifeStyle Consultant (Singapore/Tokyo)

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Eri
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