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Dec 31, 2013 10:40 AM

Where serves the Japanese style New Year's sushi ????

I'm not sure what the correct name for it is though.

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  1. Huh?
    Not sure what you mean but I know Shunji is open New Years Day.

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    1. re: Ciao Bob

      Open New Years Day ????

      Seriously ????

      1. re: Ciao Bob

        This is pasted from Wikipedia:

        "Osechi-ryōri, typical new year's dishes"

        "Typical ozōni, a soup with mochi
        Japanese people eat a special selection of dishes during the New Year celebration called osechi-ryōri (御節料理 or お節料理?), typically shortened to osechi. This consists of boiled seaweed (昆布 konbu?), fish cakes (蒲鉾 kamaboko?), mashed sweet potato with chestnut (栗きんとん kurikinton?), simmered burdock root (金平牛蒡 kinpira gobō?), and sweetened black soybeans (黒豆 kuromame?). Many of these dishes are sweet, sour, or dried, so they can keep without refrigeration—the culinary traditions date to a time before households had refrigerators, when most stores closed for the holidays. There are many variations of osechi, and some foods eaten in one region are not eaten in other places (or are considered unfortunate or even banned) on New Year's Day. Another popular dish is ozōni (お雑煮?), a soup with mochi rice cake and other ingredients that differ based on various regions of Japan. Today, sashimi and sushi are often eaten, as well as non-Japanese foods. To let the overworked stomach rest, seven-herb rice soup (七草粥 nanakusa-gayu?) is prepared on the seventh day of January, a day known as jinjitsu (人日?)."

        1. re: kevin

          I live in Nor Cal, I have never found a restaurant serving New Years a Food.

          But, all of the Japanese Grocery Stores sell some New Years Food "deli" style

          I was shopping this morning, 3 stores in San Jose's Japantown, very busy all had Prepared New Years Food

          The store my father is shopping today sells special order New Years Food arrangements

          I am lucky, big family who, pot luck style, has the New Years menu covered

      2. Hi Kevin:

        The food you're referring to is not really sushi, tho maki-zushi is part of the menu.

        Japanese New Years food is traditionally food that lasts 7 days. Most, if not all, Japanese restaurants close down during part of that time. I have never heard of a restaurant serving that kind of food for New Years.

        If you are interested, Little Tokyo is offering some of that food on New year's day:

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        1. re: Ogawak

          I just wanted to add that this cooking tradition is unfortunately a dying art. Not many in my own family will continue this tradition.

          Another way to get to this food is to befriend a Japanese family and get yourself invited to their home for New Years.

          1. re: Ogawak


            What happens if kevin befriends you or me? Then he still misses out on oshogatsu.

            I've often thought that the traditional Japanese New Year's day meal is a wide-open opportunity for an enterprising pan-Asian caterer.

            Many years ago, there was a Japanese caterer who had osechi classes. Unfortunately, too many Sanseis (3rd generation Japanese Americans) were too busy to pay attention.

            1. re: vickie2172

              Even I would not have paid attention to that class. Even tho I miss the tradition, it's not enough for me to get up and learn how. We may have to shop Nijiya, Mitsuwa and Marukai and get store-bought osechi.

              Even my mother was modernizing the osechi; making hard jello instead of kanten and adding teriyaki chicken, etc.

              At home at least I still eat soba at midnight and homemade ozoni during the day.

            1. Shunji was serving New Years "sets"-plates-Osechi last night. As well as Mochi Chicken Soup. Great stuff. In the attached picture the black sweet soy beans are behind the paper with the Japanese characters.

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              1. re: Ciao Bob

                Missed you by a day CB - was there Thurs night. Here's the mochi chicken soup:

                1. re: chrishei

                  Was there for lunch on nye's day.

                    1. re: chrishei

                      The "kochi chicken soup" for new years is called "o-zoni". The photo you posted looks half finished -- bet it was good.

                      1. re: chrishei

                        i was there thursday night too!

                        1. re: Clyde

                          Nice! I was there from 7-closing, at the counter.

                          1. re: chrishei

                            we were at the table closest to the counter, party of 2. we got there around 6:30. how cool!

                            1. re: chrishei

                              that must mean about 4 hours at least.

                              1. re: kevin

                                Only a little over 3. It was a weekday, and I had others w/ me. But we were indeed the last ones out.

                                1. re: chrishei

                                  what you have ????

                                  And what were the damages ??????????

                                  1. re: kevin


                                    Shunji-san gave my friends the squid ink noodles & agedashi tomato, while I received the maguro w/ avocado & pine nuts and shinshu-mushi ("you've had those too many times, Chris" - Shunji). Don't know damage - friends treated me to dinner.

                                    1. re: chrishei

                                      Looks good. I've never had the pinenut thing. and Now that has got me thinking.