At $229,000 there would not be many contenders for a boxed meal. Heck, at any price that is well in to four figures you would prefer to get a seat in the restaurant itself and make sure that the Chef smothers you with his attention. However the meal set called as Osechi does have a good reason to be so expensive. Osechi is a traditional Japanese meal that is eaten on January 1. It consists of a colorful and balanced meal consisting of fish , meat and root vegetables.
The meal is to be sold in a set that is 20 cm x 20 cm and is made of 18 carat gold. The set celebrates Takashimaya’s 180th anniversary. The container weighs a whopping 3.3 kilos (7.2 lb) and is made entirely of gold. The gold has been exquisitely crafted by a famous Japanese goldsmith. Hoseki Okuyama and bears the design of grape vines as well as chunks of grapes. The Osechi itself – while made of the best ingredients would be a small fraction of the actual cost of the box.
Orders for the Osechi box from Takashimaya begin in October and it is expected that only three such sets shall be sold.