Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Year Crossing Soba-Noodle and "Bells on New Year's Eve";

*Year-Crossing Soba-Noodles  (pasting from the old post)
We have a custom eating year-crossing soba-noodles 「年越し蕎麦」 for new year's eve dinner.  For most Japanese families, having this soba-noodle with family member quietly at home means to greet a happy next year. There are several theories for how this custom started like the link explains, but the most popular one would be "wishing to have a thin long happy life" year-crossing noodles (link) 

    My Kake-Soba (with soup type and different from the one in my soba link) 
(cooked beef, mushroom and processed-fish and so on are on top)

*除夜の鐘  "Bells on New Year's Eve" *

In Buddhist beliefs, humans are born with 108 worldly desires which are removed when the temple toll bell 108 times. TV program let us hear the bell from the shrine when the clock hit the Jan.1st to be able to welcome New Year with a pure mind and pray the peaceful New Year.  I remember the happy feeling being able to stay up late for good reason when young :-) 

I hope you can find the fence in the video to link Tex's "GoodFences",

Although I've already said year-end-greeting to you in my previous post, I whimsically wished to introduce the bell with Video(^^;)   If you have a special year-crossing food, I really am happy to know♪  And sorry for early posting.
And you can find our customs of year end and new year from These Pages
   Have a wonderful 31st of 2015 and A Happy Year 2016, everyone.  


  1. Hello Miyako, your Kake-Soba looks delicious. I wish I could try some. Lately I have not been able to stay awake till 10pm, I maybe asleep and miss the New Year's bells ringing.

    Have a happy day! I wish you all the best in 2016, a very Happy New Year!

  2. i like the bell-ringing custom!

    here in the southern US, folks eat black-eyed peas on new year's day to welcome in good luck for the new year. they taste a bit like dirt to me. :)

  3. Miyako, I so enjoy reading about your customs, which are so different from here in the US. Have a really wonderful New Year 2016!

  4. Your kake-soba looks delicious, Miyako san! Your husband must be very busy making soba...but it's so wonderful you can enjoy home-made toshi-koshi-soba :-)
    I love hearing joya-no-kane. I usually fell asleep before hearing 108 times. Fireworks are nice, too, but I really like this peaceful way to welcome new year.

  5. Miyako San! Soba-Noodles,Your husband with special with him! I don't worry about Soba-noodles It was I whimsically with introduce of foods.
    Tamago San mo 108 times Fireworks watashi tatino Japaneses ladys!
    2016 years Otosan to anatatono-Kodomo-samato.

  6. Happy New Year! That's a nice tradition to eat something special!
    Happy 2016!

  7. Happy New Year Orchid, All the best to you and yours from Seattle!

  8. Delightful and creative posts and photos as always ~ love hearing about your traditions ~ enjoy.

    Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year,
    artmusedog and carol

  9. Miyako, It was interesting to read about your customs for celebrating the New Year. - I've enjoyed blogging with you this year and look forward to more great posts in 2016. Happy New Year!

  10. I have to admit to being a bit envious of your wonderful traditions at the year crossing! And your soba looks delicious. Thank you for your wishes and Happy New Year to both of you!