Japanese New Years food is called osechi-ryori, and consists of many different kinds of dishes. Traditionally, people finish cooking osechi dishes by New Year's Eve so they have food for a couple days without cooking. Most of the dishes can last a few days in the refrigerator or at cool room temperature. Colorful osechi-ryori dishes are packed in layers of lacquer boxes, called jubako. (Smaller boxes are called 'bento' which are a common sight at lunchtime throughout Japan, in schools, offices and trains.) Each dish and type of food in osechi has meaning, such as good health, fertility, good harvest, happiness, long life, and so on.