1-蒲鉾（KAMABOKO) <fish cake> Traditionally, slices of red and white Kamaboko are alternated in rows or arranged in a pattern. The color and shape are reminiscent of the rising sun, and have a celebratory, festive meaning. 2-伊達巻（DATEMAKI) <sweet omlet> They symbolize a wish for many auspicious. 3-昆布巻き（KOBUMAKI) <simmered konbu rolls> "Kobu" is associated with the Japanese word "Yorokobu", meaning "joy".
Japanese “Oshogatsu” Osechi are special side dishes to be eaten during the first three days of the New Year. There are some regional differences but osechi contents are essentially the same everywhere. Those contents are respectively charged with wishes: sea bream (tai) is “auspicious”(medetai), herring roe (kazu no ko) indicates “prosperity for one’s descendants”, and sea tangle roll (kobu maki) means “happiness”(yorokobu).
Celeopicus. Monographie des picidées, ou Histoire naturelle des picidés, picumninés, yuncinés ou torcols t.3 (1861) Metz,Typ. de J. Verronnais,1861-62. Biodiversitylibrary. Biodivlibrary. BHL. Biodiversity Heritage Library