Toshikoshi Soba is a Japanese traditional custom. Toshikoshi means ‘beyond a year’ and Soba is Japanese buckwheat noodles. They're eaten on New Year's Eve to pray for good luck. Soba is of an easier to cut texture than other noodles, and we believe that bad things from the year are cut off and not to continue. Generally, Toshikoshi Soba is eaten as lunch or dinner on New Year's Eve. There are a number of stories how this custom came about. In December, we see soba specialty shops sell sets of noodles to be cooked at home. This scene brings the mind to the coming new year.