there are many traditional ritualsin Japan that includes soybeans.
“Osechi” is a set of dishes that is eaten inthe new years in japan. The dishes are served in the square boxes piled up, inhope of the New years bringing many blessings “piled up” in their lives. eachdish has its own meaning, and boiled sweet black beans is one of the many. Theword “mame” means beans, but in the same time the sound “mame” in Japanese itselfalso means “healthy” or “harworking.” So the hope that we may be healthy andable to work diligently throughout the year is in this dish. There are otherdishes such as Tazukuri. The dish means “making good rice fields.
” Thecorrelation between sardines and farming comes from how farmers used fertilizermixed with minced dried sardine when they planted rice in the spring wishingthat they would have a good harvest in the fall. A popular but a bit expensive dishis salt preserved herring eggs and peeled edamame are served together. Themeaning behind it is to wish for the prosperity of the family. There aredeserts as well. Kinton is made from finely grounded chestnuts made into smoothpastes, colored with natural yellow coloring extracted from”kuchinashi”(gardenia).
But since chestnuts are expensive in Japan, mostfamilies make it with sweet potato too. It may look like mashed potatoes buthas a beautiful golden color and tastes very sweet. The Chinese characters for”Kinton” means a gold futon which is why people eat it in the new year in wishof bringing in financially good luck.one of the biggest traditionalevents that has soy beans as its main symbol is “setsubun”. This is a daybefore the beginning of spring in Japan, which is 3rd of Feburary.
the ritual thatincludes roasted soy beans is called “mamemaki”, which literally means”scattering beans”. the beans are thrown at a person wearing a mask with a oni(a demon) on it, while others shout “oni wa soto fuku wa uchi”(demons/badspirits go out, luck come inside). The beans are thought to have the power todestroy evil spirits such as diseases and bad luck. After purifying the home bydriving away bad spirits, it is also customary to eat the same number as yourage of soybeans.