(Specially Steamed Rice Cooked with Assorted Veggies)
(Fish Cake) The color and shape are reminiscent of Japan rising sun, and have a celebratory, festive meaning.
(Broiled Whole Sweet Shrimp) It symbolizes a wish for a long-life, suggesting long beard and bent waist.
(Sweet Vinegar Pickled Vegetables) Red and white as a symbol of celebration.
(Japanese Egg Omelet) Yellow symbolizing gold, and white symbolizing silver, both of these together symbolizing wealth and good fortune.
(Sweet Black Beans) Mame also means “Health,” symbolizing a wish for health in the New Year.
(Sweet Mashed Chestnuts) Kinton means gold dumpling or gold bedding. The lump of gold refers to a success of business.
(Simmered Seaweed) It is associated with the word “Yorokobu” meaning “Joy.”
(Teriyaki Small Dried Sardines) The literal meaning of the kanji in Tazukuri (田作) is “rice paddy maker,” as the fish were used historically to fertilize rice fields. The symbolism is of an abundant harvest.
(Herring Roe) Kazu (数) means “Number” and Ko(子) means “Child.” It symbolizes a wish to be gifted with numerous children in the New Year.
(Simmered Chicken and Vegetables) Vegetables have many meanings, prosperous future, wealth among other meanings.
(New Year’s Mochi Soup) The stretching of “Mochi” represents long life.