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“Any Time New Year” program

“Osechi” is one of “Washoku” traditional Japanese cuisine. “Washoku” was added to UNESCO’s Intangilbe Cultural Heritage list in 2013.
 “Osechi” is the special traditional cuisine for the New Year’s Day.
 We also call it “osechi-ryori”. Its dishes are packed beautifully in layers of lacquer boxes called “jubako”. The kinds of osechi-ryori dishes prepared at Japanese homes vary from region to region.
Traditionally people finish preparing osechi dishes by New Year’s Eve so that they have food for a couple of days.
 Each dish that makes up osechi-ryori has a special meaning such as good luck, happiness , health, wealthy, long life, good harvest, prosperity, and so on.  For example, prawns represent long life, kuromame(cooked sweet black beans) mean health, tazukuri(sweet fried sardines) to a good harvest and kurikinton(sweet chestnuts and mashed sweet potato) to happiness.
Washokuju-Sakura was introduced by Tokai TV program"News One". Famous TV anchor came to experience "Any Time New Year Program". Thankfully he and I enjoyed a lot!

"Any Time New Year" program (Zoom online lesson)

Lecture

10:00-10:15
What is a New Year’s ceremony? How do Japanese spend New Year’s Day? I hope you get to experience our Japanese cultures with this lecture.

Cooking & eating

10:15-12:00
Let’s enjoy making a New Year’s cuisine “Osechi” which is one of the most traditional celebration dish in Japan. After cooking, enjoy eating Osechi with chopsticks.
6,000JPY +Tax per person 2hours lecture-cooking
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Yayoi Sakurai

Teachers profile
Experience innermost Japan through our original “Any Time New Year” program ~Cooking Osechi (Washoku) & Homestay!~ What’s “Any Time New Year” program?  As Japanese every day lives are westernizing, New years’ celebration is one of the most traditional Japanese ways that still remain.  Join our “Any Time New Year” program which you can experience the Japanese traditional New Year celebration with cooking and lecture throughout the year! I was born and raised in Seki, Gifu Prefecture. I love English and would like to know the world outside of Japan. When I was a student in my 20s, I studied abroad in Los Angeles, USA and Toronto, Canada. I really appreciated the people who took care of me at the homestay. I was able to touch on the warmth of the people I met on the site and live a fulfilling overseas life. I returned to Japan with a feeling to welcome foreign people here. Currently in local Seki city, ECC English conversation classroom opened. I am also accepting homestay. From June 2017, I obtained a certificate from the Cooking Association for Foreigners. I'd love to bring more tourists to Seki city and to show the region that I am from.
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