Osechi is usually packaged in a
multitiered box called juubako
I'm sorry, this is a half-eaten
osechi ryori

Usually osechi ryori called just "osechi"
Osechi is a traditional special dish which is eaten during the first three days of January.
The food is usually contained in two to five beautiful juubako lacquer ware boxes
which can be stacked( a nest of boxes). It means "to stack happiness".(In recent years, we have osechi contained in one box)

There are many kinds of arrangements of dishes from one area to another,
but most of the parts are the same traditionally.
Because most of the osechi dishes have some special meanings to bring good luck,
and since they are plays on words or puns or imaginative meanings, they should be included.

Typical OSECHI
baika ninjin  plum flower made of carrot  A plum flower surely bears a fruit
dashimaki-tamago rolled omelette Yellow color symbolize financial success, because
in the Edo era the color of money of
highest denomination was gold => yellow.
And also the same meaning with "Datemaki".
datemaki rolled omelette *Datemaki look lile a scroll for calligraphic works and paintings, so people wish success in education and progress of culture.
*The word date came from a name of famous daimyo.
He was smart and cool, and liked this food.
So, date-maki symbolize these qualities.
ebi shrimp Symbol of long life, because of its crooked back
gobou burdock   
gomame ⇒
dried sweetened
baby sardine
see ⇒ tatsukuri

Gobioid/Goby  Goby's face looks like an Okina mask of Noh play.
Okina is a symbol for long life.
kachiguri dried chestnut Kachi means victory or to win.
kamaboko steamed fish- paste cake
on a board
Usually used in a red/pink and white combination.
Redish color is symbol of avoiding evil/sun rising, and
white is a symbol of purity.
The color combination implies a happy cerebration.
It also symbolizes daybreak because of its shape.
kazunoko herring roe 子宝
Herring in Japanese is "Nishin/"and it's the same sound with
二親 which means parents.
So, herring roe is a symbol of the prosperity of one's
escendants and treasure all children..
kobu-maki rolled kelp or seaweed symbol of joy, because kobu is partly
the homonym of yorokobu which means joy
paste of sweet
and sweet potato
Wishes good business and financial luck..
The color of chestnuts is the same
as the money in Edo era.

Kinton in kanji is "金団"
kuromame black soybean Symbol of diligence and good health ,
becaise mame ( bean in Japanese)
is the homonym of mame which means
diligence and good health in Japanese.

Work outside in good health and suntan like the clour of kuromame.
Kuwai Arrowhead Kuwai is a water plant.
Harvest when they shoot out buds
(between late November and late December)
"Shoot out buds" in Japanese is "Me ga deru"
and has the same sound as the ward for
"show signs of success".
namasu thin sliced
radish and carrot
The combination of the colour white in the radish
and the color red in the carrot
implies a happy cerebration.
They look like "MIZUHIKI"usedin happy cerebration.
nishime a kind of dry
simmered dish
of vegetables and
ex. gobo or burdock symbolizes energy because it root firmly underground..
renkon or lotus root implies hope of happiness in the future, because we
can see something through the holes.
Shiitake or Japanese mushrooms symbolize
a career because it looks like a hat for samurai.
Satoimo    A parent rootstock (Oyaimo 親芋)has many young taro(Koimo/子芋
su-renkon vinegared lotus
renkon or lotus root implies hope of
happiness in the future, because we can
see the future through holes.
takenoko bamboo shoot symbol of force
dried sweetened
baby sardine
Symbol of great crops of rice, because ta is the homonym
of rice field and tsukuri means tsukuru which means make
or raise in Japanese.
A long time ago, dried young sardines were used as manure to
enrich the rice field, so it was very important fish for rice and
became a symbol of gettng good harvest and industriousness.
Tokobushi    Another name is "Fukudame" which means
"keep happiness"