5 International Holiday Meals


Toshikoshi Soba

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.