My husband made some buckwheat noodles (蕎麦）on the eve, to consume before the clock striked 12 on the New Year. The Japanese eat the buckwheat noodle, which is long and slender (長細い). It bears the meaning of longevity, by staying slim for health reason.
The handmade buckwheat noodle isn't very long compared to those available in marketplace, but it is afterall my husband's effort of trying to preserve some Japanese tradition.
Most of the Japanese would visit a nearby shrine to offer incense and pray. As Christians, we refrain from this religious act politely. Nevertheless, it is our prayer to Lord Jesus for good health, peace, love and blessings for this new year to start. May our families be abundantly blessed too.