Sweets – spiritual food in Japanese life

In a life, a person has ups and downs, life passes like the seasons. At happy, sad times, sweets are indispensable, which convey the mood of each person. On the day of Japanese Hare no iwai or preparing red bean rice, kouhaku manju, Tsuruno komochi, torikomochi. Torinokomori or three or five tortoise-shaped morigashi or crane. In addition, on the days of the Buddhist Party, there are dumplings for the seasons, Kagusa manjuu, black bean rice or cakes with daffodils, camellia or lotus flowers.

Indeed, sweets have truly become an indispensable food in Japanese people’s lives. And below are the types of cakes related to each specific event throughout the life of a person born in this Cherry Blossom.

Chakutai iwai: on the day of the fifth month of pregnancy, pregnant women will wrap a bandage on their abdomen and wish for a safe baby birth. This day is called the death day, based on the safety of dogs being born. Today there are sweets like Kouhaku mochi, Obijime dango, Sekihan.

Shussanshuku ceremony – a congratulatory greeting for the baby: at birth, the arch of the bow and arrow will make the devil run away thanks to the mystical power of the bow. On the third day after birth, the baby’s family will go to the neighbor’s house and give Obaki rice balls to them. Today there are Harawata sweets, Mitsume-ohagi, Torinokomochi or Sekihan.

Omiyamairi Ceremony: On the 31st day for boys and the 33rd day for girls after birth, the Japanese will have to visit the guardian deity, praying for a child without a disaster or illness. Kouhaku manju, Torinokomochi, Sekihan are often used on this Omiyamairi occasion.

Lễ Hatsusekku – lễ chào đón những đứa bé mới sinh. Lễ chào đón cho các bé gái được gọi là Momo no sekku, lễ chúc mừng cho các bé trai thì gọi là tango no sekku. Vào ngày này có các loại bánh Kashiwamochi, Chimaki, Sakuramochi, Hinaarare, hishimochi, kusamochi.