It's a Japanese tradition to make ozoni (aka mochi soup) on New Year's Day. Last year I made it after a friend posted a link to a recipe on Facebook. I'd forgotten all about it but got really excited and drove around town to find all of the necessary ingredients. I wanted to repost the recipe today so that if you want to make ozoni on New Year's Day you can go shopping today while more stores are open.
CLICK HERE for my recipe and the step-by-step photo tutorial I created last New Year's Day. The page has been receiving a ton of traffic in the past two weeks as people prepare for the holiday.