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  • おせち (Osechi) are specially-prepared New Year's dishes to be eaten during the first three days of January. Every dishes have the reason of lucky charm in the New Year and are very colorfule and beautiful. Almost all of dishes are cooked to be preserved for at least three days because women don't have to cook during that period - in the past.

    Nowadays in Japan, many people don't cook おせち at home and order おせち from thier favourite famous Japanese restaurant. There are various reasons. The representative reasons are both working and nuclear families. Needless to say, working women have a limited time so it's difficult for them to take enough time to cook おせち. おせち are dishes for at least three days so takes much time. Moreover, おせち have at least 20 kinds of dishes because in the past most Japanese families were large, so おせち don't fit today's nuclear families. Cooking おせち at home is costly. Ordering おせち is less expensive than Cooking おせち at home.

    My home is My wife and I, only two, so every year we order おせち from a Japanese restaurant we select that year. The おせち was frozen and sent to us. We defrost it naturally from today and eat it tomorrow, 元旦 (Gantan - New Year's Day). Ordering おせち seems to be too economic and negligence of a tradition, but we talked about おせち so much and decieded to order おせち every year, so our New Year is alway happy.
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