VOL.13

June 2024

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In Japan, we have a consecutive national holiday called Golden Week in May, and children's favorite carp streamers are being decorated.

The kabuto (samurai helmet) symbolizes courage and strength, while the armor represents facing battles and overcoming difficulties. The tradition of displaying these items is said to have originated in Japan. Originally, armor and helmets were worn by samurai during the Sengoku period (AD 1467-1568) as they went into battle. The practice of displaying these items in homes and communities as protective talismans is believed to have started because these brave warriors used them. Over time, the kabuto and armor came to be seen as symbols of protection and the aspiration for children to grow strong and valiant.

Children's Day, known as "Kodomo no Hi" in Japanese, is a celebration of children's growth and a wish for their future success. Families display koinobori (carp streamers) and kabuto (samurai helmets) to express their celebratory wishes. Although it's called Children's Day, the event primarily honors boys. Girls are celebrated on a different day, known as Hinamatsuri, and each occasion is marked in distinct ways. The origins of Children's Day trace back over a thousand years to the Nara period. Initially, the significance of the day was to pray for the health of children, particularly because early May, when Children's Day is celebrated, is a time of seasonal change which often brought illness. Over the centuries, the content and significance of the celebration have evolved. By the Edo period, it had largely taken the form we recognize today.

  • Matcha Pudding

    Matcha Pudding

    Matcha Pudding

  • Salty Lemon Agemochi

    Salty Lemon Agemochi

    Salty Lemon Agemochi

  • Skewered warabi dumplings -Sakura

    Skewered warabi dumplings -Sakura

    Skewered warabi dumplings -Sakura

  • Cotton Candy Sakura Milk

    Kamome no Tamago

    Cotton Candy Sakura Milk

  • Honno Kimochi

    Honno Kimochi

    Honno Kimochi

  • Wa Potato

    Wa Potato

    Wa Potato

  • Puchi Arale

    Puchi Arale

    Puchi Arale

  • Murasaki-Imo Karinto

    Murasaki-Imo Karinto

    Murasaki-Imo Karinto

  • Osukina Hitokuchi Rice Cracker

    Osukina Hitokuchi Rice Cracker

    Osukina Hitokuchi Rice Cracker

  • Deep Steamed Sencha

    Deep Steamed Sencha

    Deep Steamed Sencha

  • Genmaicha with matcha

    Genmaicha with matcha

    Genmaicha with matcha