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New Year’s is a time where we have many family gatherings. It is also a time to enjoy various foods. Our eating cycle and habits may be different from usual, but it is also a time where we want to look out for our health. We asked Sadako Takeda, a registered nutritionist in Japan, to share some tips and advice for eating during the New Year’s season.
As we head to
the end of the year and to a new start, let’s keep these tips in mind to have a
healthy and exciting New Year’s season.
Graduated from Japan Women’s University,
and holds a professional nutritionist certification in Japan. After raising
three children out in the US, she currently comes up with healthy menus
including calorie count, creates bentos for older adults, as well as hosts
cooking classes. She has presented on healthy eating at a breast cancer
awareness seminar. Currently residing in Simi Valley.
Osechi is a traditional Japanese New Year’s food.
concept was brought from China as “gosekku”
(five annual ceremonies that were celebrated throughout the year) back in the Heian Period. The actual dishes and
current tradition goes back to the Edo
period, created based on samurai class (buke)
customs. The dishes differ with various regions of Japan. The dishes that are
in osechi come from word play and
puns to wish for good luck.
For more information on Osechi, see Keiro’s factsheet:
Osechi: Celebrating a Japanese New Year Tradition
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