Toshikoshi soba is called “buck wheat New year’s Eve” in English.
Q:Why do you eat “soba” on New Year’s Eve?
This is to get rid of the anxieties that human beings have and to welcome a New year with a pure heart. In Buddhism, it is believed that a person has one hundred and eight worldly desires. It is said that the Bell of New year’s Eve rings 108 times to eliminate those worldly desires. There are various theories about worldly desires, but it seems that the number one hundred and eight also means “a lot of things“.