Monday, February 4, 2019

(1773) Change of season...

...or setsubun (節分) yesterday and together with another 127.000.000 Japanese, we foraged into finding an ehomaki (恵方巻) a big, fat sushi roll eaten particularly this day and made with anything the one who makes it decides. And as you can see in department stores (like here in Ueno's Matsuya) the variety is big...

...up to and including even tuna sprinkled with gold flakes.

Here is the sign with all the ehomaki sold at the store. 

In our neighborhood super market, the variety was of course smaller (the demon or "oni"/鬼 is there because on this day, another custom wants people to throw roasted soy beans out of the house to exorcise him and bad luck and in the house to bring good fortune in.)

And here are ours, with salmon, cucumber, omelette, shrimp and tuna salad for me and with chopped tuna and takuan pickle for Atsuko. And of course, according to the custom, we ate them silently, turned towards the lucky direction which for this year was the northeast.

(For a bigger version of these pictures both in color and black and white, check my "Japan Arekore" set on Flickr)

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