Japanese year-end and New Year start

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Dec 23, 2012 01:12 year-end new year food
I write about Japanese year-end and New Year start. 31th December is called "Oomisoka" 「大晦日(おおみそか)」 in Japan. Japanese eat soba on the day. There are some theories about what Japanese eat soba on the day, I think because soba is auspicious in the end.
We hear year-end gongs on the eve of New Year. The gongs are struck 108 times because men are disabused 108 worldly desires to strike the bell 108 times in Buddhist beliefs.
We eat New Year's food during the first three days of January, which is called Osechi-ryouri. Osechi-ryouri consist of auspicious ingredients in Japan like black beans and herring eggs and so on. They are very delicious.
Have a good year-end and New Year start.