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Wishing good luck with Ehomaki

Wishing good luck with Ehomaki (2)

On February 3rd, which is called “Setsubun” or the last day of winter in the traditional Japanese calendar, there is a tradition to eat “Ehomaki”.

1. What is Ehomaki?

Ehomaki is a long sushi roll composed of 7 ingredients which are considered to bring luck. The typical ingredients include kanpyo (dried gourd shavings), cucumber, shiitake mushroom, egg, eel and sakura denbu (mashed and seasoned fish).

The number 7 refers to the Shichifukujin or “Seven Deities of Good Fortune”, wishing for pro...