toshikoshi soba -- eating soba noodles on New Years Eve. The noodles are eaten to bridge the old year into the new. Also, because the long noodles are said to be a symbol of long life, they are eaten as a sort of symbol for good luck. We did not have noodles on New Years Eve, however we did head over to our favorite noodle joint last night for some steaming bowls of soba (or, in the case of wee Bloom, fist-fulls of soba!)
Do you have any special traditions for bringing in the New Year? How did you celebrate?