As autumn’s chills continue to get colder, the time to warm up with a nice bowl of rice porridge is drawing near.
In Japan, it’s tradition to eat a mix of 7 spring herbs on the 7th of January in a ritual meant to ward off illness and bad luck, but did you know autumn has 7 plants too? Unlike their spring counterparts that ward of illness, these 7 are meant to be enjoyed by looking at them.
Without further ado, allow me to introduce these 7 wonderful flowers!
Since the old days, people have been celebrating "Kamioki" when a child turns 3, "Hakamagi" when a boy turns 5, "Obitoki" when a girl turns 7, expressing gratitude for their children's growth.
[ Event ]
Shichi-Go-San / November 15th
[ Ingredients ]
Red beans, Sticky rice
[ Wishing plate ]
Made to celebrate and with feelings of gratitude for children's growth.
The meat you eat in your daily life, such as chicken, pork and beef is common ingredients. But what if they become "crocodiles, goats, rabbits"? In Japan, the food people don't eat but can actually be eaten is called Getemono. It has an eye-popping appearance but is good for health, and is getting more and more attention around the world. This time, I went to "Kome to Circus", an izakaya located in Takadanobaba, Tokyo, to taste this famous "Getemono" of "Japan", the world's far east country!
・What is oden?
Oden is a boiled dish originated in Japan.
Various ingredients including konjac are
added into dashi, the soup stock made of
kombu and katsuobushi, and boiled for a long time.
Oden's ingredients and tare sauce are
different according to areas and families.
When Japan is mentioned, there are probably many people who will immediately imagen a "samurai".
Due to modern laws, it's no longer possible to see a samurai walking around with a katana and topnot.
Many sports teams though, such as Japan's soccer team "Samurai Blue", and Japan's baseball team "Samurai Japan", carry the name of "samurai", and stand as a symbol for the Japanese who compete through sports.
These athletes continue to cary on the samurai's way of thinking and behaving.