She also brought over some traditional Japanese new year's food, known as osechi-ryōri. Most of the food has special meaning; for example, the kelp rolls (kobumaki) represent happiness ("yorokobu")--it's a play on words. She also provided us with a handy guide to all the foods! She and her mother (Shigeko) made everything--isn't it lovely?
We also have a little New Year's wreath (shimekazari) hanging on the door. It is meant to ward off bad spirits.
Our neighbor has an even nicer tree that hangs into our yard