Seven-Herb Rice Soup "Nanakusa gayu" 七草粥 - A traditional simple soup with seven different varieties of herbs, each chosen for their unique health promoting properties, is prepared on the 7th day of January. The soup is meant to let the "overworked" stomach and digestive system rest and bring longevity and health in the new year and can also bring protection from illnesses, and keep away evil spirits in Japan.
New Year’s vegetable soup (ozoni) | Ozoni is a traditional Japanese soup eaten on New Year’s Day for good health. The recipe varies throughout Japan but is usually made up of mochi (dried rice cakes) in a dashi stock soup. The Japanese like to make this dish more festive by carving star shapes into the caps of the mushrooms and cutting the carrots to look like flowers.