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As a custom in Japan, we prepare food before New Year’s Eve for a few days after New Year’s Day, and basically we eat those food at breakfast, lunch, and dinner until we finish. Those special food is called Osechi. We usually put food in layered boxes. Each dish has a meaning of something for our lives, such as health, carrier up, etc.

Well, for myself, as Collin wouldn’t eat them, (even I don’t like most of them), I just bought some from Fujiya. I got five different dishes, but I only took a picture of three, because I didn’t think the other two would be a part of Osechi. 😛

Chikuzen-ni, Kintoki, Gomame (Tazukuri)

New Year's Dish from Fujiya in Vancouver

I don’t think Chikuzen-ni is a part of Osechi. We usually use chicken, root vegetables, and Konnyaku, etc. If you’re interested in how to make it, I found a recipe in English here. Note that I have never made them before. 😉

Kintoki is a sweet dish, cooked red kidney beans. There is another bean dish in Osechi, which uses black beans, Kuromame. I like Kintoki, but don’t like Kuromame. Ma-Me means beans, by the way.

Gomame (this ma-me doesn’t mean beans :)) are dried sardines cooked in soy sauce. I didn’t like them when I was small, because they’re bitter. I like them now, though.

No pictures of Konnyaku (Yam Cake) and Kinpira Gobo…

Fujiya on Clark

Address: 912 Clark Drive, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(At the corner of Venables street)
TEL: 604-251-3711

[Mon – Sat] 9:00 – 19:00
[Sun] 10:00 – 19:00

Price Note
– Chikuzen-ni $2.26 ($1.95/100g)
– Kintoki $2.63 ($1.99/100g)
– Gomame (Tazukuri) $3.99
– Konnyaku (Yam Cake) $2.90 ($1.25/100g)
– Kinpira Gobo $2.33 ($1.25/100g)

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