December 23, 2011

2012 Peko-Peko Osechi Bento (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

For the last four years, Sylvan of Peko-Peko catering in San Francisco has been making osechi bento sets for the first of the year. Osechi, as you know from Yamahomo’s annual posts (here and here), are foods that are traditionally cooked for the new year, that are consumed for good luck. There is a special […]

January 17, 2011

ReCPY: Just Another New Year in Rural Japan

by Moto Yamamoto

I am from a town so rural, you wouldn’t believe it. Although Japan is portrayed as a metropolitan, clean, and simple city to Westerners, that’s not how real Japan is all about. Whenever I say I am from Japan, first thing people usually ask is, “are you from Tokyo?” This is pretty stupid, since it’s […]

January 11, 2010

ReCPY: The Art of Osechi

by Moto Yamamoto

Osechi is traditional new year’s food, and one of the most significant meals of the year in Japan. Back in the old days, when women were supposed to serve the men in the family, the first three days of the new year was the only time they didn’t have to cook. Although Japanese men were […]