Spring Equinox Botamochi
Happy spring equinox !
The bi-annual days of the vernal equinox (spring equinox) are upon us. In Japan it is a Buddhist festival known as higan. In the spring it is known as haru no higan .
To celebrate I made Botamochi but this year instead of the traditional confectionery made of sweet mochi rice pounded and shaped with a red bean centre . I made them with pounded millet. I noticed that when I made my awa-zenzai (see my awa-zenzai post ) that the millet served its self well to making Ohagi.
I rolled them in kinako and ground black sesame.
It is traditional to take these with flowers and incense to the graves of ancestors at this time.
In the spring the sweets are called Botamochi named after the tree peony botan . In the fall the same sweets are called ohagi named after the clover bush hagi.
See some of my other posts of Ohagi or botamochi for the recipe.
I also made the more traditional sweet . Which you can get tye recipe for by searching Ohagi or Botamochi. If you want to make around 6 sweets just half my recipe.