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Seven-Herb Rice Porridge

January

  • 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.

Seven Spring Herbs Song

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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.

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東京デザイナー学院/佐々木真衣 Tokyo Designer Gakuin College/Mai Sasaki