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What do you eat during the winter solstice in Japan

DailyBird Culture 2021-10-09 1 0

will be China's winter solstice solar terms in a few days. While people everywhere are preparing food for the winter solstice, neighboring Japan is also welcoming the arrival of the winter solstice - yes, although the solar terms used in Japan have evolved, they were first influenced by China and introduced from China in the Tang Dynasty. Then let the old yellow calendar introduce to you how the Japanese spend the winter solstice and what they eat.


in Japan, when it comes to the winter solstice, you think of pumpkin and grapefruit baths. On the day of the winter solstice, the Japanese usually eat pumpkin to pray for wealth and take a grapefruit bath to strengthen their body and eliminate disasters. This is the tradition of the winter solstice.


there is a saying among Japanese people that eating things ending with "Yi" in the winter solstice can attract good luck. Carrots, white radishes, lotus roots, Udon, gingko, kumquat... And other foods ending with "Chi" are "auspicious food" related to omens. Auspicious food not only means good, but also contains the folk wisdom of storing nutrition to spend the cold winter.

pumpkin so why eat pumpkin? Originally, although the Japanese of pumpkin is now "kabocha", it was formerly called "Nankin", which contains the word "ん". As an auspicious food, it has the meaning of turning from Yin (North) to Yang (South), which is considered auspicious.

moreover, pumpkin is rich in vitamin A and carotene, which can effectively prevent colds and strokes (cerebrovascular diseases). Originally, the harvest season of pumpkin was summer, but it can be preserved for a long time, and the nutrition can be absorbed in winter. This is the wisdom of the ancients.

winter solstice porridge in addition to lucky foods such as pumpkin, the traditional diet of winter solstice also uses winter solstice porridge cooked with red beans. Since ancient times, people believe that the red color of red beans can eliminate evil spirits. It is said that eating winter solstice porridge can attract good luck from the next day.

mountain cuisine in some places, red beans and pumpkin are boiled into mountain cuisine during the winter solstice. Originally, mountain cuisine is to add hard ingredients one by one and cook all kinds of ingredients in the same pot. The Japanese pronunciation of "おいいいいいいいいいいいいいいいいいいいいいいいいいいいいいいいいいい12356.

konjac is also eaten in some places during the winter solstice, which is called "removing sand". It is said that eating konjac can remove the sand accumulated in the body. The ancients called konjac "the broom of the stomach" and "the desander of the intestines". It will be eaten on New Year's Eve, festivals and after cleaning. This custom has been preserved to this day.

soaking Grapefruit Bath in Japanese, grapefruit is homonymous with "RONGTONG", winter solstice = "Tangzhi / hot spring recuperation". The world was guided by homophony to take a grapefruit bath, and at first it was a cleansing ceremony to dispel bad luck before calling good luck. In ancient times, people didn't take a bath every day. It makes sense to wash their bodies for the coming and returning of one Yang. In modern times, bathing on the eve of new year and important ceremonies has also become a custom.


Grapefruit in the peak season in winter has a strong aroma, and the origin of the strong aroma has the view that it does not attract evil spirits. This is the same as bubble calamus bath on the Dragon Boat Festival.

in addition, grapefruit will not grow until the fruit is mature for many years, which also contains the good wish of hard work and final harvest. Of course, soaking grapefruit bath can not only promote blood circulation, alleviate cold symptoms, but also warm the body and prevent colds. The citric acid and vitamin C contained in the peel also have skin beautifying effect. Because of the fragrance of grapefruit and its relaxing effect, it can effectively help everyone spend winter healthily.

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