The Japanese Table presents a variety of themes regarding traditional Japanese food culture. In each volume, a specific topic such as history, customs and food groups, is explored from several different angles.
Vol. 31Annual Events and Traditions by Yoichiro Nakamura
Spring: From the New Year to Cherry Blossoms
Japan’s annual cycle of seasonal observances revolves around the ancient lunar calendar. In this new feature series, Food Forum highlights the very special foods that define these celebrations. Our first installment opens with the symbolism and traditions of the New Year and of new beginnings.