Kaiseki-ryori Holiday and Festival Foods
Bento Japanese Box Lunch
Bento, or boxed lunches, began out of necessity for field laborers and travelers. Today, there is an art to compiling a good bento.
Cinnamon Kanten Recipe
Kanten is Japanese gelatin. It is much denser than the gelatins of Western cuisine and made from agar-agar sticks.
Hinachirashi Girls Day Sushi Recipe
Hina-matsuri, or Girls Day, celebrates daughters with special foods like this colorful sushi bowl. Read more about Girls Day which also is known as Japanese Doll Festival.
Japanese Christmas Cake Recipe
A light sponge cake, filled and frosted with sweet whipped cream and topped with fresh fruit, is the dessert of choice on Christmas Day in Japan.
Mochi-making once was a communal effort similar to a barn-raising. Folks gathered to help pound and form the mochi, each sharing the results.
Osechi Ryori Japanese New Year Foods
Foods symbolic of good health, wealth and luck help usher in the New Year with delicious tradition in Japan.
Ozoni New Year Good Luck Soup Recipe
A true Japanese person will not usher in the New Year without eating a bowl of ozoni, if he can help it. One’s entire year of luck hinges on this auspicious mochi soup.
Spring Equinox Bota Mochi Recipe
A seasonal sweet traditionally eaten on the Equinoxes, bota mochi is steamed glutinous rice wrapped in sweet red bean paste.
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