Today is one of five seasonal festival day in Japan. We call today "Jinjitu no hi" (day for human). Following a tradition, I have prepared 7 herbs and cooked rice porridge to wish for wellbeing. This is "nana kusa gayu" (rice porridge with seven herbs)
Picking young herbs at the new year start means that we receive a new life force from the mother nature. We inherited from our ancestors the notion that our spirit is connected to the nature. Beside that traditional belief, it is also good to eat a simple porridge and to give a tummy a break after the New Year big feasts.
A Happy New Year