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Traditional New Year Food of the Shimadzu Family

Enjoy a traditional New Year meal passed down in the Shimadzu family for generations


Join us over the New Year period and sample the finest traditional food made with fresh local ingredients. Yaki-ebi Zoni is a recipe that has been passed down in the Shimadzu family for generations.

Zoni or Ozoni is a traditional kind of New Year soup containing mochi rice cakes. Each region across Japan has its own particular version of the dish, and even Kagoshima has several ways in which it can be made. Here at Sengan-en we use a traditional recipe passed down in the Shimadzu family, so you will truly be dining like a feudal lord.

Our head chef combines the best seasonal ingredients to make an unforgettable meal to welcome in the New Year. The zoni soup is topped with a grilled kuruma-ebi tiger prawn, its bent back representing living to an old age. The crane and turtle plates used also represent long life and are good luck symbols originally from ancient China.

The meal is also accompanied by an unusual Kagoshima dish called sake-zushi – a delicious concoction of sushi rice, vegetables, and sashimi all topped with a generous serving of sake. It’s said that one of the lords of the Shimadzu family while drunk after a party tipped his remaining sake on leftover food before passing out. The servants, not wanting to see food go to waste, decided to tuck in only to find that the combination of sushi and alcohol was delicious – who would have thought!

Yaki-ebi Zoni is one our most popular seasonal dishes and sells out very quickly, so make sure to make a reservation to avoid disappointment.

Traditional New Year Food of the Shimadzu Family
Friday, January 1st - Tuesday, January 5th
Ohkatei Restaurant
Number of places:
January 1st-3rd 11:00, 12:00, 13:00
January 4th-5th 11:00-15:00
¥3,000 (including tax)
Additional information:
Entrance fees to Sengan-en and parking are not included.

Cancellations must be made by 17:00 the day prior to the reservation.
Same day cancellations will incur a 100% charge.
Cancellations to reservations made with credit card will incur a 3.6% transaction fee.

Reservations for this event will open in November, 2020.

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