The most important holidays on the Japanese calendar have traditionally been New Years Eve and New Years Day. To ring in the New Year, the Japanese indulge in toshikoshi ,"year-crossing," soba noodles.
Soba noodles, made of buckwheat, are said to symbolize longevity due to their length; however, because they are also easily bitten into, they reflect the ability to get over any hardship of the previous year. Eating this tasty treat signifies a fresh start to the new year.
Japanese people may enjoy their toshikoshi soba during a quiet New Year's celebration at home with family or at a bonenkai, "year-forgetting" party with friends and coworkers.