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Nanakusagayu

nanakusa-gayu

Nanakusa-no-sekku, or simply Nanakusa is held on January 7. It is the Festival of Seven Herbs. During the Heian period (794-1192 A.D.), nanakusa-gayu, a rice-herb porridge, was served on the morning of January 7th. It was believed that the herbs would remove evil from the body and prevent illness. Many people still consume this on January 7th.

The nanakusa are seven edible, wild herbs in spring. Traditionally, they are:

  • Water dropwort (seri, Oenanthe javanica)
  • Shepherd’s purse (nazuna)
  • Cudweed (gogyo, Gnaphalium affine)
  • Chickweed (hakobera, Stellaria media)
  • Nipplewort (hotokenoza, Lapsana apogonoides)
  • Turnip (suzuna)
  • Daikon (suzushiro)

Sources include: Wikipedia.org
Image courtesy of Blue Lotus, Wikipedia.org

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