March 21, 2010

O-Higan (or Higan)/お彼岸(彼岸)

Today, March 21, is Vernal Equinox Day, and it's a national holiday in Japan. The Japanese are now enjoying the three consecutive holidays (March 20 through 22) this year. Vernal Equinox Day is also in the middle of O-Higan (or simply Higan). In O-Higan, it is customary to have botamochi.

Regular azduki botamochi and kinako botamochi.
They were not made by me or my wife; they were given to us by my wife's brother and his wife, as they usually do on this particular day every year.

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