January 6, 2012, 7:18 am ~ by in news
On the seventh day of the New Year it is tradition in Japan and thus also in Sogenji to eat NANAKUSA-GAYU. This is white rice gruel mixed with the first green sprouts that can be found in this winter season. Usually the day before the seventh, these sprouts (seri, nazuna, hakobera, gogyo, hotokenoza, suzuna, suzushiro) are being looked for on the grounds, picked and then chopped finely while saying a prayer. Sprouts are seen as being filled with life energy, thus being a boost for health at the beginnig of the year. The rice gruel also gives the stomach a nice break after eating many MOCHI rice cakes around New Year`s.