New year and mochi go hand in hand when it comes to celebrating a fresh new start of the year in Japan. Kirimochi are readily available at supermarkets and there are a variety of ways to prepare them. The video hosts demonstrate traditional Japanese mochi recipes.
Kiyoshi Kimura, the owner of Sushizanmai chain, paid 333.6 million yen ($3.1 million) for the 278-kg (613-lb) fish caught off the coast of northern Aomori prefecture, Japan. The auction winner said the closing price was double what he had paid six years ago.
A stray cat turns into an instant celebrity by photobombing a couple trying to get a perfect engagement photo. The feline star utterly steals the show when it takes on the spirit of a six-year old boy seeing the couple kissing. This precisely time-photo is truly epic.
Osechi, or traditional Japanese New Year's dish is served with a huge array of ingredients in a decorative wooden box. The box is packed with colorful appetizers and entre that feast one's eyes. Single (usually the mother) or several members of a household spend days preparing the annual celebratory dish. An entire family celebrates new year starting the new year's eve through the 5th day of January.
You do not find kids eating sandwiches, chips, or burritos in Japan. Japanese public schools provide nutritionally well balanced hot meals for lunch everyday. Obesity rates among Japanese children are extremely low. Now that's tax dollars in good use.