Osechi-ryori are specially-prepared New Year's dishes to be eaten during the first three days of January. Most dishes are cooked in order to be preserved for at least three days so women don't have to cook during that period. Various kinds of beautifully-prepared dishes are set in four-tiered lacquer boxes.
Each of the dishes has some auspicious meaning which reflects people's wishes. For example, kazunoko, herring roe, represents fertility, kuromame, cooked black beans, are for health (name means healthy), and lobsters are for longevity because their bodies are bent like an old man's.
Osechi ryori is specially prepared New Year’s food, beautifully arranged in lacquer boxes.
Each dish and ingredient in osechi has meanings, such as good health, good harvest, happiness, prosperity, long life, and so on.
It’s said that yellow colored dishes and ingredients such as kazunoko symbolize prosperity and that various beans imply a wish for good health.
Also, red/pink and white colored food, such as pink and white kamaboko slices represent celebration colors.