New Year Osechi

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Hamatoku 濱登久, a kaiseki restaurant nearby to the great Zen temple complex Myōshinji, in the western part of Kyoto, offers a special New Year cuisine, known as osechi-ryōri お節料理, that you can order and eat in your own home. The focus of their cuisine is seasonality and bringing beauty to all aspects of the preparation and serving of the meals. Their special Wajima lacquer dishes, made especially in Kanazawa, and are inscribed with images from The Tale of Genji. There are 38 different scenes and the dishes are carefully matched to the season and type of food.

Included in the 28 different foods that are in the bento are some special traditional New Year treats:

Kuromame are black beans from the Tanba region of Kyoto, boiled in dashi and served with gold leaf. This is a traditional New Year food that represents a wish for good health in the coming year.

Datemaki – rolled egg omelette, made with mild, white-fish paste. This is a traditional New Year food that represents a wish for many auspicious celebratory days in the coming year.

Prawns simmered in sake. This is a traditional New Year food that represents wishes for a long life.

Kazunoko 数の子 is fresh herring roe from Hokkaido. This caviar is a traditional New Year food which represents the wish for many children and prosperity in the home.

Kyoto-Hamatoku
31 Hanazono-icho
Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
075-463-7369
Closed Wednesdays
Price range: Lunch from 8000 yen; dinner from 9500 yen
(No credit card facility)

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