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Survey says osechi New Year’s food differs according to each region in Japan

And even though there are some staples on the menu throughout the nation, what goes into those staples also varies!

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The meaning of the mandarin and 6 other Japanese New Year traditions explained

Join us as we take a look at some of the most popular Japanese New Year traditions and reveal the spiritual symbolism and superstitions behind them.

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Mr. Sato orders Kura Sushi’s New Year’s kosechi meal for one but gets a chilly surprise

It’s almost like the New Year already wanted to give him the cold shoulder…or rather, a cold fish cake.

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We buy Kentucky Fried Chicken’s box of New Year’s food, but it comes with a surprising extra

A mysterious development has us scratching our heads. 

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Survey reveals how Japanese people plan to spend the 2023 New Year’s holiday

Questions explore the ongoing impact of the pandemic on family traditions and what people plan to spend the most money on for celebrations.

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Starbucks Japanese New Year’s Frappuccino: Too delicious to wait for January to drink【Taste test】

The ingredients of this Frappuccino, including kelp, don’t just taste great, traditional Japanese culture says they’ll give you blessings for the year to come.

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Totoro, Spirited Away mamezara dishes ready to grace the tables of Studio Ghibli anime fans【Pics】

They’re especially nice for New Year’s, but you’ll want to use them all year long.

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Deadly New Year mochi strikes again, hospitalizing 19 and resulting in 4 deaths

Pounded rice may be delicious, but it can be incredibly risky—especially in our current circumstances.

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No need to be lonely at New Year’s with Japan’s new one-person osechi set【Taste test】

Conveyor belt sushi chain Kura Sushi single-sizes osechi, creates new desserts to keep us company.

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Spending New Year’s alone? Japanese restaurant has special one-person kosechi New Year’s meals

Osechi becomes Kosechi at Kura Sushi.

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Lucky Japanese new year ice cream! Baskin-Robbins’ flavor inspired by traditional osechi cuisine

Two of the few osechi dishes almost everyone likes team up for a very special, very Japanese flavor that promises good luck in the new year.

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Japan’s most dangerous New Year’s food causes death once again in Tokyo

Nearly a dozen Tokyoites rushed to hospital before dinnertime on New Year’s Day.

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Celebrate the New Year with a special and limited edition Barbie bento box of New Year foods

Traditional Japanese New Year’s food now comes in a bright pink limited-edition box, along with a rare Barbie doll! 

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Mochi continues to be Japan’s deadliest New Year’s food, causes two deaths in Tokyo on January 1

Often considered a symbol of longevity, mochi annually brings about sudden deaths.

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KFC Japan reveals New Year’s box for 2017, seeks total domination over festive period

After making “Kentucky Fried Christmas” a thing, KFC continues to bring out New Year’s boxes to compete with traditional osechi cuisine

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Awesome Pokémon osechi New Year’s meals elegantly blend Japan’s traditional and pop culture

Pikachu is ready to help you ring in the new year with 24 auspicious dishes served inside a giant Poké Ball!

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Traditional Japanese cuisine meets Star Wars for New Year’s osechi celebration meals

The tiny details and awesome, original extras take these three-tiered meals out of the traditional world and to a galaxy far, far away.

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Fish on new Yebisu “happy” beer cans changes colour when chilled

In Japan, even beer cans have cute details.

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Get a taste of the Mushroom Kingdom this New Year with a Super Mario Bros. themed bento box

At the beginning of October, most of us outside Japan are thinking about Halloween and Christmas. But inside Japan, something different is cooking. Now is the time that Japanese retailers start taking orders for osechi, a New Year’s bento box full of traditional and tasty Japanese foods.

But this year, one Japanese retailer has decided to put a spin-jump on things. They’re offering a Super Mario Bros.-themed osechi bento box to take your New Year’s Day dinner to a new level and impress all your family and friends. What’s inside this Bowser-sized box of goodies? Read on to find out!

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Six non-traditional osechi New Year’s meals in Japan

New Year’s in Japan is usually celebrated with family huddled under the kotatsu while munching on mikans, and sharing a dinner of traditional food, called osechi. Each component of the meal retains an auspicious meaning, granting the eater with good fortune, health, or fertility, among other things, during the coming year.

However, in recent years, an increasingly large population of Japan’s youth have chosen to forgo eating osechi. There are many reasons osechi has been disappearing from Japanese homes during New Year’s, but these changing tastes have given rise to a smorgasbord of strange, unique, and, frankly, comparatively tastier pre-made osechi meals. From cooked isopods to a box full of meat, let’s take a closer look at six modern day osechi.

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