BLOGLiterary Calendar2020.09.07

"Choyo no Sekku" decorated with chrysanthemums

September 9 is "Choyo no Sekku" in Japan.

It is also called "Kiku no Sekku (Chrysanthemum Festival)" and it is a day to pray for good health and longevity by displaying chrysanthemum flowers and drinking kikuzake.

In the Edo period, it was called "The later chicks" as opposed to "Joshi no Sekku (Peach Festival)".

It is said that adult women put out Hina dolls and dried them to pray for longevity and health during this period.

Chrysanthemum introduced into Japan as a herb from China in the Nara period.

It is also popular as a flower that symbolizes Japan.

Kikuzake, which is said to drive away evil spirits, is indispensable for celebrating Choyo no Sekku.

Just by floating chrysanthemum petals on sake, you can feel the smell and taste.

You can get edible chrysanthemums at supermarkets, so you can enjoy Kikuzake easily.

In addition, there is a custom to enjoy chrysanthemum flowers in a bath or bed, such as kikuyu and kikumakura.

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Many wagashi with chrysanthemum motif are displayed in the store in this season.

"Kisewata (Cotton)" by Kameya-yoshinaga is a Jo-Namagashi which is made in the image of Choyo no Sekku.

It is based on the belief of perpetual youth and longevity, which purifies the body the next morning with cotton covered with chrysanthemum flowers on the eve of Sekku.

Choyo no Sekku used to be especially important among the five seasonal festivals such as Joshi and Tango.

In the long autumn night, why not enjoy "sekku for adults" thinking back on those days?

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