We've decided to keep things pretty low-keyed for this New Years. Nothing too fancy or difficult for our New Year dinner.
Just some fried shrimp and Karei Karaage, which is kinda becoming a New Year tradition for the Missus. I needed to have some soba since it is New Years eve, so went with some Cha Soba. Marukai had some really lovely young watercress and for some reason I'd been craving it. While putting it together I wondered if the shoyu-mayo dip is a Hawaii thing, Japanese thing....or is it just something my Mom used to do? Regardless, other than tempura, it's my favorite way to eat watercress.
I did the usual rounds of Nijiya, Mitsuwa, and Marukai, and noticed that the amount of Osechi-ryōri to be even less than last year. I'm guessing changing demographics, tastes, and economics are creating less of a demand as time goes by. It's something I really started noticing in 2010. There was just a fraction of the amount at Nijiya.
And even less at Mitsuwa.
As we turn the page on another year, we just wanted to extend our warmest New Year wishes to everyone. It's been a tough year for many, I just hope the upcoming year is a better one.
Happy New Year!