On this snowy New Year’s Eve in the Berkshires, when we’re looking forward to stoking our inner fires with Champagne, perhaps —
here’s what you might be fueling up on if you were in Japan, where New Year’s is the most important holiday of the year.
Osechi-ryori, with a stress on fish, much as Italian-Americans eat on Christmas Eve
Osechi-ryori in a more casual presentation —
Kagamimochi: this one is a decoration for New Year’s, made of two large, flattened pounded-rice balls (called mochi) with a mikan tangerine on top. The whole family will eat it to conclude the holiday.
And of course you’d be counting on a little flask of sake to warm you — so Kanpai everybody —-