Traditional Children’s Day Foods
Like holidays around the globe, Children’s Day features traditional foods that are enjoyed year after year. Since children are the focus of Kodomo no Hi, it makes sense that many of the holiday’s traditional foods are on the sweeter side. That being said, these Children’s Day treats are enjoyed by people young and old.
The first traditional Children’s Day food is kashiwa mochi. These traditional mochi—sticky rice cakes—are filled with a sweet red bean paste before being wrapped in oak leaves. The second treat enjoyed during Kodomo no Hi is chimaki. This is a steamed rice dumpling that’s wrapped in an iris or bamboo leaf. Inspired from China’s zongzi, Japan’s chimaki is a slightly sweeter rendition. Children also enjoy other sweets, like pastries and cakes decorated specially for the holiday.
Children are the future, and Kodomo no Hi celebrates the health, happiness, and individuality of these young people. On May 5th, the final day of Golden Week, Japanese traditions are carried out to bring children good fortune, with the hope of helping them become strong, independent adults.
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