Today we celebrate the beginning of a new year and our hope for good things to come. Japan, unlike many other Asian countries, celebrates the new year according to the Western calendar, so today my family and I headed over to the nearby Japanese market to watch mochi-tsuki and listen to taiko drumming. We concluded our festivities with homemade sushi.
In honor of the new year, I offer the following stories by Ying Chang Compestine and their accompanying recipes. Set in China the first two are original stories for the new year. Boy Dumplings would be perfect to tell around Halloween and the last two offer the author’s imaginings on the history of chopsticks and noodles.