|My brother's girlfriend made some excellent "futo maki" (sushi rolls).|
I had a fairly traditional Japanese New Year this year. In Japan, New Year is a big deal, and most people have several days off from work. You celebrate the new year with your family, so this is the time of year where it is most expensive and difficult to get plane tickets, and there used to be lines of cars standing still for 80 km when everyone was going back home to gather with their relatives or when everyone was going back to the cities to work after the holidays.
|Some octopus, sushi, ham, and other things.|
The main activity is doing nothing, and eating. Traditionally, not even housewives where supposed to work during the New Year celebration and they had to work lots before instead, making enough food to feed the whole extended family for three days.
|Toshi koshi soba|
|Crabs are not particularly New Year but they are very Hokkaido, where I am from, so I am usually asked to bring crabs with me.|