Japan Culture Project

January 7th marks Jinjitsu or Human Day, one of the five seasonal festivals (Jinjitsu, Jōji, Tango, Shichiseki, Chōyō). The five festivals, originating from China, happen on odd day and month numbers. In China, odd numbers are "positive", and overlapping positives are deemed unlucky. However, in Japan these days became national holidays for banishing evil.

[ Event ]
Jinjitsu

[ Ingredients ]
Seven different types of herbs of Spring:
Seri, Shepherd’s purse, Cudweed, Chickweed
Nipplewart, Turnip, Daikon

[ Wishing plate ]
This thin rice porridge with chopped spring herbs is eaten to pray for a year of good health.

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