New York-Style Japanese New Year


Happy New Year!

JapanCulture•NYC hopes you all had a tremendous holiday season, and we look forward to all of the opportunities to learn about Japanese culture throughout 2014.

We started the New Year off right by attending an Oshogatsu (Japanese New Year) party at the home of Julie Azuma, a dear friend and one of the most active leaders in New York’s Japanese American community. The party was a potluck featuring osechi ryori, the traditional New Year’s Day meal eaten by the Japanese. We’ve discussed the symbolism behind the foods that have been a part of Japanese culture here, and it was lovely to share this meal with so many people.

Take a look at our feast in the gallery, which includes photos from a trip to Mitsuwa Marketplace a few days before January 1.