December 20, 2008

Winter Solstice/冬至

This year, the winter solstice falls on tomorrow, December 21. So, I bought a yuzu (a type of citrus fruit) and a quarter of a kabocha (squash). In Japan, it is customary to take a bath with a yuzu and eat kabocha on this day.

Doing so is believed to keep you in good health.
I was born in 1960, and when I was small, it is very common in winter to buy mikan (satsuma) by the box, and my family was no exception. We used to have so many mikan in winter that our hands turned yellowish.
But now, I usually buy them in small quantities. Otherwise, my family may not finish them off before some of them turn moldy.

The thing is that there are now more other foods to have in winter than there were about forty years ago.

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