Sunday, February 17, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

It's a bit late, but I wish you had had happy Valentine's day!
Here is the link about Valentine's day in Japan from my old post. How was your valentine's day? Did you have good time?

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Okinawa Sweet, Chinsukou

I’ve never been to Okinawa(south island in Japan), but I am into Okinawa sweet, Chinsukou (ちんすこう) recently. When people went to Okinawa, they definitely would buy it as a Okinawa souvenir.

Chinsukou is one of the traditional sweets in Okinawa. It is made of flower, sugar and lard mainly. It is like a crunchy sweet cookies and good much with Japanese green tea. In acient time, only a royal family and nobles were allowed to eat it when they have some celebrations.

There are so many kinds of Chinsukou; cheese, chocolate, purple sweet potato, pine apple, nuts, raw sugar, salt and so on.

Now that Chinsukou is famous Okinawa sweet, you can buy it in Tokyo or Kanagawa easily. It probably isn’t sold in small supermarkets, but you can find one in big ones.

See more Chinsukou

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Out with the demon and in with fortune!

Setsubun(節分), the day before the calendrical beginning of spring, is one of the traditional events in Japan. The word “Setubun” comes form “dividing the season” originally.

On February 3rd, Setsubun, people scatter roasted beans in the house saying “鬼は外、福は内!/Oni-wa-Soto, Fuku-wa-Uchi! (Out with the demon and in with fortune!)” After scattering beans all over the house, people eat beans as the same numbers of their age. For instance, if you are 23 years old, you need to eat exactly 23 beans.

Beans are considered to have power for cleansing a person of evil influences. Therefore, people take powerful beans into their bodies and it means that beans will have fortune in their house.

Hey, it snowed today in Kanto area. This is my first time to see snow lie on this much here in Yokohama!