In Japan, Japanese New Year, or Oshogatsu, is the most important holiday of the year and is observed on January 1st. Many businesses close down for several days so that families can indulge in celebratory feast days.
Ozoni is one of the main dishes eaten on New Year’s Day. It traditionally consists of mochi or sticky Japanese rice cake served as a soup. This simplified recipe doesn’t contain too many ingredients ,so the mochi is the star of this dish—it's so versatile that your child can use whatever favorite vegetables she prefers. This is a healthy and delicious dish simple enough to make with your kid any time of the year to encourage exploration of other culinary cultures!