there well. Kinton is made from finely grounded

there are many traditional rituals
in Japan that includes soybeans. “Osechi” is a set of dishes that is eaten in
the new years in japan. The dishes are served in the square boxes piled up, in
hope of the New years bringing many blessings “piled up” in their lives. each
dish has its own meaning, and boiled sweet black beans is one of the many. The
word “mame” means beans, but in the same time the sound “mame” in Japanese itself
also means “healthy” or “harworking.” So the hope that we may be healthy and
able to work diligently throughout the year is in this dish. There are other
dishes such as Tazukuri. The dish means “making good rice fields.” The
correlation between sardines and farming comes from how farmers used fertilizer
mixed with minced dried sardine when they planted rice in the spring wishing
that they would have a good harvest in the fall. A popular but a bit expensive dish
is salt preserved herring eggs and peeled edamame are served together. The
meaning behind it is to wish for the prosperity of the family. There are
deserts as well. Kinton is made from finely grounded chestnuts made into smooth
pastes, colored with natural yellow coloring extracted from
“kuchinashi”(gardenia). But since chestnuts are expensive in Japan, most
families make it with sweet potato too. It may look like mashed potatoes but
has a beautiful golden color and tastes very sweet. The Chinese characters for
“Kinton” means a gold futon which is why people eat it in the new year in wish
of bringing in financially good luck.

one of the biggest traditional
events that has soy beans as its main symbol is “setsubun”. This is a day
before the beginning of spring in Japan, which is 3rd of Feburary. the ritual that
includes roasted soy beans is called “mamemaki”, which literally means
“scattering beans”. the beans are thrown at a person wearing a mask with a oni(
a demon) on it, while others shout “oni wa soto fuku wa uchi”(demons/bad
spirits go out, luck come inside). The beans are thought to have the power to
destroy evil spirits such as diseases and bad luck. After purifying the home by
driving away bad spirits, it is also customary to eat the same number as your
age of soybeans.

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