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Ohigan(お彼岸)

This week's Monday was Autumnal Equinox Day in Japan.

Autumnal Equinox Day is the mid day of Autumnal Equinoctial Week called "Autumnal Higan". And today is the last day of Autumnal Higan.

During Autumnal Higan, we can see the graveyards being filled with the red cluster amaryllis.

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"Higan" is the Seven-day Buddhist Ceremony to honor the dead in the Vernal and Autumnal Equinoxes. The word "Higan" literally means "the other shore" or "the opposite shore", and it refers to the world of eternal stability awaiting us on the other bank of the river dividing the living from the dead.

Many people visit the tombs of their ancestors'. We, Japanese honor our ancestors in this way.

 

Also, we have a habit of eating "Ohagi" the rice ball coated with sweetened red beans, soybean flour or sesame in this term.

This is the digression, but the same rice ball is called "Botamochi" in the Vernal Equinox. These are derived from the flower name "Hagi" and "Botan". "Hagi" is Bush Clover, and "Botan" is Peony.

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After Higan, it is getting cooler and cooler...