Ohagi / Botamochi
(Name is different depending on the area)


"Ohagi" is a glutinous rice ball covered with ankoéQŽq(sweetened red bean paste).
There are two types of anko, tsubu-an (sweetened smashed red beans) and
koshi-an (sweetened strained red beans).

There are also two varaeties of ohagi coated
1: with kinako ‰©•² (yellowish soybean flour) and sugar
2: with sesame seeds and salt


We can buy ohagi at any wagashi-ten ˜a‰ÙŽq“X or supermarket through the year.
I love ohagi with tsubu-an the best :D

Ohagi is customarily offered to the spirits of the ancestors
in the vernal and autumnal equinoctial week.

Year First day
Higan-iri/”ÞŠÝ“ü‚è
The vernal equinox
Shumbun-no-hi/t•ª‚Ì“ú
Higan-no-Chunichi/”ÞŠÝ‚Ì’†“ú
Last day
Higan-ake/”ÞŠÝ–¾‚¯
First day
Higan-iri/”ÞŠÝ“ü‚è
The autumn equinox
Shuubun-n0-hi/H•ª‚Ì“ú
Higan-no-Chunichi/”ÞŠÝ‚Ì’†“ú
Last day
Higan-ake/”ÞŠÝ–¾‚¯
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