02 Japanese Culture

Toshikoshi-Soba, or Soba noodles eaten on New Year’s Eve 年越しそば

The custom of eating soba on New Year’s Eve is said to have started around the middle of the Edo period. Soba, which has been grown as a relief crop since ancient times, is made long and thin, and is considered to be a food of good luck in the sense that it extends the life span and family fortune. Soba is also easy to cut, so it has a meaning of welcoming the New Year by cutting off the hardships and misfortunes of the year once and for all. Soba is sometimes served cold with a dipping sauce, and sometimes as a noodle soup in hot broth.


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