Happy New Year!
There's usually a pretty large amount of shopping that needs to be done around New Years eve. The Missus and I usually celebrate both the Gregorian and Lunar New Year. Japan officially accepted the Gregorian New Year in 1873, and have been celebrating New Year based on the Gregorian calendar since then.
So that would mean a few stops. First Nijiya:
Armed with my list(which turned out to be incomplete), I completed my shopping rather quickly, which gave me a nice opportunity to check out all the Osechi-ryori(Traditional Japanese New Years dishes) on display.
To me it seemed that there was a smaller variety of Osechi "Sets" this year, but that could just be me....
The industrious guy on the top in the photo below, almost made his escape after I took this photo:
The Obachan in front of me purchased $250 worth of food for New Years!
The next stop, Mitsuwa:
I noticed a smaller variety of Osechi here as well.
I found alot of "boxed" Osechi...sort of your generic, preboxed, impersonal, Costco-ized, Osechi:
Is this the future of Osechi? I hope not, it takes all of the fun out of Osechi Shopping.
So having purchased everything for our New Years meals, with only a few item omitted...well, I always forget a thing or two, it just wouldn't be New Years without me rushing out to market. If anything, I'm consistent.
I only took a few photos, since I was busy cooking(and eating):
Of course Soba:
This year I added Wasabi Tobiko(wasabi flavored flying fish eggs), which added a nice "crunch" to the dish.
My own Osechi:
Karei Karaage(Deep fried flounder):
Lightly dusted with Katakuriko(potato starch), and lightly seasoned with sea salt and Shichimi Togarashi(Seven-spice chili pepper), and eaten with just a the lightest squeeze of lemon, and a tiny bit of Yuzu Kosho, a salty-citrusy-spicy condiment made with the rind of Yuzu, chili pepper, salt, and in this case a tiny bit of bean paste. By far the Missus's favorite dish.
The Shishito Tempura was a close second:
I made some Matcha-Shio(Green tea powder mixed with salt) for dipping.
And some shrimp tempura:
And various Tempura(Kabocha, Satsuma-imo, Tamanegi, etc...):
Some Tofu, the Yuzu Koshu came in handy here as well.
And I haven't been able to "retire" from making my Nishime yet, but maybe next year.
I guess we ate enough this New Year...better renew that Gym membership.
Of course, it's always nice to settle in to watch the television after a nice meal:
Happy New Year!