Right here in Japan, it it the night of December 31st, about 5 hours to New Year’s day. When I was in the States, I had the impression that Christmas has the closer atmosphere to a Japanese New Year’s day in that it is the time for family to get together. In Japan, New Year’s day is the time for family reunion. Here’s how we spend the last day and the first day of the year.
So we eat SOBA. In Japan, we have two kinds of noodles aside from the Ramen noodles that hailed from China : Soba and Udon. Udon is made from wheat, therefore white and soba is made from soba powder, which is gray. Most people buy ready-made soba at supermarkets or eat soba at soba restaurants but in our family, we make them ourselves (we buy powder, though).
So as you can see in the following pictures, we knead dough for Soba and make it into a sheet. Then we cut them carefully and boil them. It is very tasty. We eat them because those noodles are long so we wish we can live long by eating them. They may pale beside the ones made by professionals but they taste good. They are made from pure soba powder and good for your health, too! I feel my oats!
Now I am ready for New Year’s day. On New Year’s day, we visit acquaintances and relatives. In each place we are offered some alcohol (mostly beer and sake, sometimes whisky and wine) and enjoy drinking with them. So I expect to drink a lot tomorrow. (Actually I am drunk right now, too) Wish everybody very happy New Year.