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2015年1月 7日 (水)


Jinjitsu,7th January, is one of the five sechinichi/yearly seasonal celebration days. In ancient China, 1st of January was the day for rooster, 2nd for dog, 3rd for wild boar, 4th for sheep, 5th for cow, 6th for horse, and 7th for human, and people judged their fortunes of the year. In the Tang era (AD618-907), they ate a soup with seven kinds of vegetables as a charm for disease-free. The custom was brought to Japan in the Heian period (AD794-1192), when there was a custom of picking young grass in snow. Nanakusa-gayu/congee with seven kinds of leaf vegetables is regarded as an integration of the two. The soup changed from soup to kayu/congee in the Kamakura period (AD 1338-1573), and became common in the Edo period (AD1603-1867). 

Spring nanakusa are seri, nazuna, gogyo, hakobera, hotokenoza, suzuna and suzushiro. You can buy a nanakusa package in supermarkets before 7th January.


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