Getting Ready for New Year’s
What to Put in the Boxes
New Year’s Day may well be THE holiday in Japan. Almost everything is closed, while people make visits to shrines, pay visas to friends and relatives, drink sake, and eat, of course. But in traditional Japan. not much was cooked on the first day or so of the New Year. Instead, it has been traditional to eat meals packed in Bento lunch boxes, sometimes quite elaborate, and usually multitiered.