I grabbed this one because it was on sale and mentioned something about the start of the year (年明け nen ake / toshi ake). I knew about eating 年越しそば (toshikoshi soba, "year bridging soba noodles") at the end of the year. Turns out, that a few years back a campaign was started by noodle makers to get folks to start eating 年明けうどん (toshi ake udon noodles). I'm not sure how much it caught on because I hadn't heard of it, but even living here some things just don't hit my radar, and I go around very oblivious to much that's going on around me much of the time.
In any case, here's a picture of the toshi ake udon I ate for lunch the other day. The kanji means longevity, and whether they were mean to or not, the little flowers reminded me on a cold day that spring is on the way (OMG, y'all, wait 'till I get to show you the beauty that goes on around here during cherry blossom season - so glad to be blogging again, even if I've been too slammed lately to keep up with reading your blogs, which I will, soon, I promise.).
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