It seems like every nation has their own unique traditions during New Year’s, and Japan is no exception. During New Year’s, it was often traditional for Japanese shops (including markets) to close down for the holiday. So, with dining-out options limited, folks would then dine on osechi ryouri over the course of several days. The dish, which is served in stackable bento boxes, features a cornucopia of symbolic goodies–for instance, shrimp typically represents the elderly (because they’re hunched over).
Interestingly, Nintendo is coming out with their own osechi ryouri for 2016 to be sold in Japanese department store Takashimaya. Nintendo’s version is Super Mario-themed, and it comes with special cards. The price is pretty steep ($225), but since it’s meant to last a few days, it might be worth the price.
(Culture Lab via Kotaku)