O-sechi is a traditional Japanese food to celebrate the New Year’s holiday. It’s usually served in bento boxes with beautifully decorated ingredients. Often, the boxes are stacked in two to three high. O-sechi is prepared on New Year’s Eve and served during the New Year’s holiday. Basically, the ingredients are grilled or marinated well to keep them for long period. Therefore, people don’t have to cook and can relax during the holiday. Nowadays, people often buy luxurious o-sechi bento boxes at department stores or famous Japanese restaurants and never cook at home at all. According to Nikkei MJ, MAXIM’s de Paris Tokyo started selling o-sechi bento boxes with the price range of 19,000 to 84,000 yen(!!!), which originally were sold only to special customers. An abundance of caviar, truffles, and foie gras are decorated in the boxes and Japanese spiny lobster and Yamagata wagyu beef are also prepared gorgeously. I am thinking about serving it to my parents next year. Once is enough, I suppose..


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