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Extravagant Character Osechi for 2022: Enjoy Disney-Themed New Year’s Dishes & More!

Extravagant Character Osechi for 2022: Enjoy Disney-Themed New Year’s Dishes & More!

Date published: 2 December 2021

In Japan, traditional dishes to celebrate the New Year’s Holiday are called osechi. These dishes are prepared around the beginning of the year as a way to wish for the health and prosperity of one’s family as well as any other guests you might dine with.

Some osechi dishes are kamaboko - pink and white fish cakes; datemaki - a sweet rolled Japanese omelet; and sweetened black soybeans. In addition to being delicious, these dishes are known throughout Japan for bringing good luck.

Recently, ordering osechi instead of making it at home has become popular, with many unique osechi boxes being sold by various companies. Among these, character osechi, which use famous animated characters as a motif, has become a stand-out option.

Osechi featuring characters such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Disney princesses, Winnie the Pooh, and Detective Conan is exciting just to look at! Which osechi box would you choose?

Disney Osechi: Find All Your Favorite Classic Disney Characters in this Special Osechi Box!

The Disney Fantasy Shop, owned by the online shopping platform Belle Maison, offers many raved-about osechi boxes every year. This year is no different. The shop plans to introduce several beloved Disney characters in its Disney Design Original Osechi series for the upcoming New Year.

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First is the special osechi box fittingly named Mickey & Minnie. In the center of its lid, you can find a cheerful image of Mickey and Minnie Mouse surrounded by cherry blossoms.

The plain wood used for the osechi box is perfect for storing dishes for a traditional Japanese New Year. Some of these dishes include shimmering red sea bream, yellowtail teriyaki, sweetened black soybeans decorated with Mickey Mouse-shaped gold flakes, salmon roe with Matsumae-zuke - pickled kombu and dried squid with soy sauce (in a special wooden bowl for delicacies), and more!

In total, this osechi box is filled with 52 different kinds of New Year’s dishes. You can also enjoy trying to find the hidden Mickey Mouse-shaped items scattered inside!

Special Osechi Box: Mickey & Minnie
・Price: 21,900 yen (including tax)
・Best-before Date: Best before Monday, January 31st, 2022, when stored in the freezer.
・Box Size: Approximately 42×28.5×7.5cm

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Another osechi box given the name Mickey & Minnie is the three-tiered lacquered box you see above. This adorable light pink-colored osechi set uses cherry blossoms as a motif. There's even an image of Mickey and Minnie cuddling on the osechi box’s lid!

With each osechi set being carefully hand-made by a craftsman from Fukui Prefecture’s Sabae City, it’s the perfect size to enjoy for lunch during an outing or to reuse as a candy box once you’ve finished everything inside! This three-tiered box is also filled with 52 mouth-watering osechi dishes.

Three-Tiered Osechi Box: Mickey & Minnie
・Price: 24,900 yen (including tax)
・Best-before Date: Best before Monday, January 31st, 2022, when stored in the freezer.
・Box Size: Approximately 24×22.5×17cm

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Next is the special osechi box, Princess. Five Disney princesses, namely Rapunzel, Ariel, Jasmine, Belle, and Cinderella, are all used as motifs to create Western-style osechi dishes. For example, you’ll find a Cinderella-inspired pumpkin pudding as well as seafood dishes inspired by Ariel. Enjoying osechi dishes inspired by each princess movie is a great treat for Disney fans!

Special Osechi Box: Princess
・Price: 16,900 yen (including tax)
・Best-before Date: Best before Monday, January 31st, 2022, when stored in the freezer.
・Box Size: Approximately 26.5×20×7.5 centimeters

(C)Disney Based on the “Winnie the Pooh” works by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard.

The Pooh-shaped three-tiered osechi box named Winnie the Pooh features Tigger to celebrate the 2022 year of the tiger. Inside, you’ll find a Pooh and Piglet-inspired yellow, pink, and white terrine, as well as mochi rice cakes and fish cakes with Pooh's face printed onto them. This incredibly adorable box offers 50 osechi dishes that you can enjoy while welcoming in the New Year.

Three-Tiered Osechi Box: Winnie the Pooh
・Price: 24,900 yen (including tax)
・Best-before Date: Best before Monday, January 31st, 2022 when stored in the freezer.
・Box Size: Approximately 24×22.5×17 centimeters

Original Osechi Boxes with Disney Designs
・Order Deadline: Tuesday, December 21st, 2021
・Estimated Delivery Date: Wednesday, December 29th, 2021~Thurday, December 30th, 2021
・Delivery Fee: Delivery is free for all products (Options for a refrigerated courier service cost a separate fee of 300 yen (including tax).)
・Delivery Method: All products will be delivered frozen.

The First-Ever Detective Conan Osechi: Filled with Fun Surprises Fans Will Rave About!

The online shop Ringbell is offering an osechi box centering around the explosively popular detective manga series, Detective Conan. Bursting with the series charm, it’s fittingly called Detective Conan Osechi.

©Gosho Aoyama/Shogakukan

The Detective Conan Osechi box is two-tiered and filled with a total of 37 dishes. Although it carefully incorporates the traditional aspects of Japanese osechi, it’s also a fun-filled box where you can solve the mystery of what ingredients are used in each dish!

The first tier has a total of 24 standard osechi dishes. This includes fish cakes, datemaki, and tazukuri - small dried sardines cooked in a sweet soy sauce mixture.

You’ll find the fish cakes in both the shape of Conan’s soccer ball as well as the infamous APTX 2869 pill. In addition to this, carrots and zucchinis are cut out into the shape of Kaito Kid’s playing card symbols, and nerikiri (a traditional Japanese dessert made by kneading white bean paste, yam, and glutinous rice flour), is shaped into Conan’s voice-altering red bow tie. Here you can enjoy a variety of ingredients that are eye-catching as well as delicious!

On the second tier, you can find 13 Western-inspired dishes. This includes the lemon pie Ran made for Shinichi, shrimp in a sweet and sour red chili sauce inspired by Shuichi Akai (due to Akai also meaning red in Japanese), and a specialty from the author-Gosho Aoyama’s hometown of Tottori Prefecture called steamed Daisen ham. Here you can feast on a range of Western-style dishes.

©Gosho Aoyama/Shogakukan

What’s more, it’s not only the food that stands out! On the second tier’s lid, you can find an original design featuring Conan, Ran Mori, Ai Haibara, Shuichi Akai, and Rei Furuya. With the Conan characters blending in with the surrounding traditional Japanese colors and patterns, the entire design gives off a mysterious atmosphere. This box even includes a notice from Kaito Kid himself!

©Gosho Aoyama/Shogakukan

The furoshiki wrapping cloth that comes with the osechi box is navy-colored and features famous Detective Conan characters. Furthermore, you’ll find New Year-inspired motifs in the chic, patterned design. The voice-altering red bow tie is purposefully put in the corner of the furoshiki to add a pop of color when using it to wrap something. This item will not be used to wrap the osechi box and will be delivered separately.

©Gosho Aoyama/Shogakukan

Furthermore, each osechi box comes with a pair of festive chopsticks with a drawing of one of Detective Conan's characters inside! Also, some of the dishes found in the second tier of the osechi box come in a dish with a design featuring Ran Mori, Ai Haibara, Shuichi Akai, or Rei Furuya. Since even the osechi are inspired by your favorite characters, you can try solving the mystery of how each dish leads back to the Detective Conan series.

Detective Conan Osechi
・Price: 19,440 yen (including tax)
・Best-before Date: Best before Monday, January 31st, 2022, when stored in the freezer.
・Box Size: Approximately 19.6×19.6×13 cm.
・Order Deadline: Saturday, December 25th, 2021 *Service will end once the scheduled number of boxes to be sold have all been purchased.
・Estimated Delivery Date: Thursday, December 30th, 2021
・Delivery Fee: Free shipping and delivery throughout Japan
・Delivery Method: All products will be delivered frozen.

Having your favorite characters around the dinner table is a great way to start off the year! Why not spend a splendid New Year with adorable and extravagant character osechi?

*The information in this article is from December 2021. For updated information, please check each official website.

Written by:

Ran Tanaka

Ran Tanaka

A writer based in Southeast Asia. Happy life is with cheap beer.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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