One of the traditions of the Oomisoka (大晦日: last day of the year) is to eat toshikoshi soba (年越し蕎麦: year-passing soba). It is believed that eating soba noodles, which are very long, is good to have a long life. Morevover eating toshikoshi soba brings good luck and good health for the year that is beginning.
Happy New Year 2014! Shinnen Akemashite Omedetou! 新年あけましておめでとう!
Other Japanese year-end and new year traditions: