Toshikoshi Soba Japan’s Tradition: A way Of Expressing Joy on New Year’s Eve

Last Updated on January 1, 2023 by Dr Bucho

Many Twitter Users Started Sharing Videos and Pics of Eating Toshikoshi Soba on New year’s Eve, Lets us Know The Story Behind it and Why do Japanese Slurp Noodles on New Year’s Eve?

Toshikoshi Soba Japan's Tradition
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Toshikoshi Soba

Toshikoshi Soba Japan’s Tradition: On New Year’s Eve, a traditional Japanese noodle dish called toshikoshi soba is served. This straightforward soba noodle soup, made with buckwheat noodles, hot dashi broth, and a number of toppings, represents cutting off any difficulties from the previous year and welcome luck for the forthcoming one.

This strange custom has a history that stretches back to the Kamakura era, almost 800 years ago. It is believed that it all began in a Buddhist temple that distributed soba to the underprivileged on New Year’s Day. Toshikoshi soba, or New Year’s noodles, became a definite tradition practiced by people all over Japan during the Edo period and is still practiced today.

Why do Japanese Slurp Noodles on New Year’s Eve?

Soba are quite solid to the bite and simple to break when eating, in contrast to the ramen and other noodle dishes popular in Japan. Soba represents “cutting off the old year” in this way. A long and healthy life is also associated with their long, slender shape! Toshikoshi soba do, however, also serve a very practical purpose: the easily digested buckwheat noodles make for a very wonderful late-night and early-morning snack since the majority of Japanese head to a temple or shrine at midnight on New Year’s Eve!

Due To The hectic schedule Nowadays, Most people need relaxation from their busiest lifestyle, To take a relaxation from their daily life Japanese people celebrate New year’s Eve by Eating Toshikoshi Soba. Experiences shared by some of the users are below

Toshikoshi Soba Japan’s Tradition

“It’s been a year since I’ve been able to meet various performers and otaku people this year. I’m still an inexperienced otaku, but I look forward to working with you again next year.”

Another User Shared The Experience

Toshikoshi Soba Japan's Tradition

Different Toppings Have Different Spiritual Meanings

Yes it is right that different toppings can have a different spiritual meaning,

  • Shrimp (I substituted kabocha) is said to have a long lifespan because it bends at the waist, just like your back does as you age. ⁣
  • Grated daikon: expelling negative spirits and severing bonds. Inari (fried tofu) represents luck and business prosperity. Leeks and scallions stand for the year’s laborious efforts.
  • Kamaboko: The white represents purification, while the red represents an amulet.
  • The yolk of an egg represents luck, fortune, and success.


  • Make the Broth
  • Cook the soba noodles
  • Prepare any toppings
  • Assemble the bowl

What does eating toshikoshi soba mean?

The Japanese have a tradition of reflecting on the previous year and welcoming the new one on New Year’s Eve while chowing down on a bowl of steaming soba noodles known as Toshikoshi Soba, or year-crossing noodle.

What is toshikoshi soba served with?

Traditionally, only hot dashi broth, buckwheat noodles, and scallions are used to prepare toshikoshi soba. Nevertheless, there are several variations based on the locale and household.

What time do you eat toshikoshi soba?

On Omisoka (New Year’s Eve, December 31), Japanese people typically eat toshikoshi soba, a type of noodle bowl.

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