A traditional Japanese vegetable stew sometimes prepared with either pork or chicken. A very comforting dish you will typically find at households to celebrate special occasions. A sure find at any okazuya-type restaurant. Similar to the Chinese Jai, the ingredients have different meanings for joy, happiness, prosperity and cleansing.We are fortunate here that we are able to find the many Japanese vegetables year round. There are many variations of this recipe, some more like a soup with vegetables cut a bit smaller and more liquid added, some enjoy the recipe with larger vegetables either dry or wet like a stew. Other recipes add more pork or chicken for a heartier dish. My family enjoys it like a dry stew, with chunky vegetables.