Osechi ryori, Japanese Oshogatsu, or New Years, cuisine. © Kirk Vuillemot, 2009
Risa Sekiguchi. © Kirk Vuillemot, 2009

Risa Sekiguchi hopes to spread the healthful and aesthetic virtues of food from her native country — Japan — to the wider world. She lives in Chicago with her husband Kirk, who takes most of the photographs for Savory Japan. They regularly travel to Japan to meet chefs and artisans, investigate new restaurants, visit kilns and studios and purchase stock for their online gallery for fine Japanese tableware, Mizuya.

Mizuya, Fine Japanese Tableware
Oshogatsu & Osechi-ryori

Oshogatsu and Osechi ryori
In Japan, Oshogatsu (New Year’s) is the most important holiday. It’s a time to reflect upon the past year and to ring in the new while being surrounded by family and friends. On January 1st, we endeavor to be reborn and resolve to become better human beings. And we enjoy great food — specifically, osechi ryori — an ancient type of cuisine made specifically for the occasion. Learn more about the importance of New Year's and try some of our family recipes. MORE




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