Autumn Equinoctial Week
(AKI-no HIGAN / 秋の彼岸)

When Is Higan?

 

Autumn Equinoctial Week this year (2023) is from September 20 (Wed) to September 26 (Tue).

 


 

Higan is the period of three days before and after the Autumnal Equinox Day (September 23rd this year). It becomes cooler around this period.

 

What Is Higan And What People Do in Japan?

 

Higan (彼岸)” means another world. It originally meant spiritual enlightenment in Buddhism, but “Higan” as a custom is traditionally specific to Japan.

People visit their ancestors’ graves and put rice cakes covered with bean jam, dumplings, and other things on their household shrines.
 

 

Ohagi and Botamochi

 

The photo below is the rice cakes covered with bean jam (ohagi).

 


 

Their name changes depending on the season, and they are named after a seasonal flower.

It is called “ohagi (おはぎ)”, because it is the bush clover (hagi / 萩) season, around the Autumnal Equinox Day.
 

(Photo: hagi / bush clover)
 

Around the Vernal Equinox, it is called “bota-mochi (ぼたもち)”, because it is the peony flower (botan / 牡丹) season.
 

(Photo: botan (peony)

 

 

 

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