In Japan, people eat the seven spring herbs rice porridge “nanakusagayu” on the morning of January 7th. These seven herbs are Seri(water dropwort), Nazuna(shepherd’s purse), Gokyou(cudweed), Hakobera(chickweed), Hotokenoza(henbit), Suzuna(turnip), and Suzushiro(daikon radish).
This custom came from the belief that by eating rice porridge with the young herbs, the vitality of spring dwells would purify from evil and protect from various illnesses. It also eases a stomach from much alcohol and foods during New Year’s holiday. These herbs have much nutrition so if you missed the rice porridge today’s morning, please try next year!