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Toshikoshi Soba

Sure, we all know that soba (buckwheat noodles) is very tasty.  But Hajime really wants everyone to enjoy some soba this week.  Why?  Well, it is a Japanese custom to do so.  Since ancient times, there have been many reasons as to why we cannot finish up the old year without first eating soba:
•  Soba is considered to be a bringer of good luck and family fortune.  Because soba noodles are so long, they are also thought to bring longevity.
•  Since soba is easy to bite, it is believed to sever any carryover of hardship that may have happened over the course of the past year.
•  Soba has also been known to collect fortunes.  During the Edo period, a craftsman used balls made of kneaded buckwheat to collect splattered gold and silver pieces in the working area.  He then burned the balls over a hibachi and caught the residual precious metal pieces.

For many of us, 2010 has been a difficult year.  In the spirit of moving forward in a positive way, Hajime would like to encourage as much luck as possible!  That’s why everyone is invited to enjoy a complimentary serving of soba at Mashiko from December 26th through the 30th.  Even if hardships have kept you from dining with us recently, please stop in for a few minutes to chat and enjoy a quick bite of soba.  Nothing would make for a better send-off to 2010 than to connect with friends and wish them the best for 2011!

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