While many osechi ryōri (traditional New Year's dishes) are not exactly adored by a lot of people, there is one simple meal that seems universally loved: toshikoshi soba.

Awkwardly translated to "year-crossing soba," the toshikoshi variety is eaten at family dinners when the new year comes around. The length of the noodles act as an omen promising a long life, and the fact that the dish can be made and eaten within minutes makes it the ideal instant meal.

Futaba is one of the most renowned soba restaurants in Nagoya and even though it isn't open for the stroke of midnight, it's still open during the day on New Year's Eve. This holiday is also one of the restaurant's busiest times.