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Tradition to eat eels on Doyou-no-Ushi-no-hi

Tradition to eat eels on Doyou-no-Ushi-no-hi
You may find many flyers that says “Doyou-no-Ushi-no-hi” at the end of July and selling eels everywhere. But what is Doyou-no-Ushi-no-hi? And why do they eat eels?

1. When is Doyou-no-Ushi-no-hi?

“Doyou” is about 18 days of the period between the seasons in ancient Japanese calendar. Therefore, there are 4 Doyou period in an year, and the summer Doyou is around the end of July to the beginning of August.

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