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

kevin Dec 31, 2013 10:40 AM

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

  1. Ciao Bob Dec 31, 2013 10:44 AM

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

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      kevin Dec 31, 2013 10:49 AM

      Open New Years Day ????

      Seriously ????

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        kevin Dec 31, 2013 10:51 AM

        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?)."

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          Alan408 Dec 31, 2013 11:10 AM

          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

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        Ogawak Dec 31, 2013 11:13 AM

        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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          Ogawak Dec 31, 2013 12:04 PM

          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
            vickie2172 Dec 31, 2013 12:16 PM


            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.

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              Ogawak Dec 31, 2013 12:50 PM

              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.

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          jotfoodie Dec 31, 2013 11:29 AM


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            chrishei Dec 31, 2013 01:11 PM

            Kiriko has the osechi sets.

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              kevin Dec 31, 2013 02:08 PM

              That's it. Kiriko.

            2. Ciao Bob Jan 4, 2014 09:41 AM

              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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                chrishei Jan 4, 2014 10:08 AM

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

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                  kevin Jan 4, 2014 10:59 AM

                  Was there for lunch on nye's day.

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                    jessejames Jan 4, 2014 11:37 AM

                    Chicken icecream Mochi?

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                      Tripeler Jan 5, 2014 04:57 AM

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

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                        Ciao Bob Jan 5, 2014 11:39 AM

                        it was great!

                      2. re: chrishei
                        Clyde Jan 5, 2014 05:23 PM

                        i was there thursday night too!

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                          chrishei Jan 5, 2014 05:56 PM

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

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                            Clyde Jan 5, 2014 08:50 PM

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

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                              chrishei Jan 6, 2014 10:27 AM

                              Hope I wasn't too loud...

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                              kevin Jan 6, 2014 11:30 AM

                              that must mean about 4 hours at least.

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                                chrishei Jan 6, 2014 11:50 AM

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

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                                  kevin Jan 6, 2014 12:02 PM

                                  what you have ????

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

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                                    chrishei Jan 6, 2014 01:00 PM


                                    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.

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                                      kevin Jan 6, 2014 01:42 PM

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

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                        Ogawak Jan 6, 2014 10:19 AM

                        Good to know that some of the sushi bars in town are serving osechi for oshoogatsu. I had heard that Little Tokyo was a real zoo on New Years Day. Fortunately for me, my cousins still do the osechi, including the ozoni mochi soup.

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                          Eater15 Jan 6, 2014 10:16 PM

                          yeah a little off topic but I've been told that fish markets in Japan close around new years so those looking for sushi around this time of year might not find the freshest or the best variety of seafood.

                          Also, not to be an alarmist but people should make an educated choice about whether they want to eat seafood from japan for the next, say 30-60 years

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