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Eating buckwheat noodles on New Year’s Eve

12-31recipiIn relating to the custom of Winter I introduced, Japan has also special custom which we eat buckwheat noodles before New Year begins.  It is called “Toshikoshi Soba(年越しそば)” and it started in middole of Edo Era.  Because of the buckwheat noodles’ feature which is long and thin, people believe their height and life will get longer.  Also because buckwheat noodles are easy to be cut, people eat the noodle like cutting down their suffering or hardship.

In addition, you have to finish eating before New Year begins or you will not be unlucky with money in the next Year.  When you have the buckwheat noodles on New Year’s Eve, appreciate the peaceful days and spend good times with your family.