The New Year was actually quiet, Satoshi had to go on a business trip, so it was just me. It was nice though, I didn't make the traditional dishes and stretched one recipe of bulgogi for dinners.
One thing I bought on New Year's Eve was mochi. They had a little kiosk selling all sorts of different mochi at the supermarket. The mochi was made by a Japanese confectionary called Senjyuan from Tokushima in Shikoku.
The black one was called kanoko and was koshian (smooth bean paste) covered with whole sweet adzuki beans. I've had one called kanoko where the smooth bean paste was covered in bits of kuri(chestnut).
The other one I got was a sanshoku dango (tri-colored skewered rice cakes) except these were filled with different types of an (sweet bean paste). The green one was filled with tsubushian (chunky sweet bean paste), the white one was filled with koshian (smooth bean paste) and the pink one was filled with uguisu mame (sweetened green peas). The mochi was so soft and easy to eat.
Did you know that every year in Japan there are deaths relating to elderly people choking on mochi? Well, the start of this new year was unfortunately no exception.
I hope the New Year will be a good one for all of you and if you are eating mochi, please chew it well.