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“Sekihan”, the Japanese rice boiled with red beans2013.04.04

Sekihan is a Japanese traditional food consisting of sticky rice steamed with Azuki beans. ‘Sekihan’ means ‘Red Rice’ because of the reddish color that Azuki beans give to the rice.

"Sekihan", the Japanese rice boiled with red beans

?Sekihan is usually eaten on special occasions throughout the year in Japan, such as birthdays, graduations and other celebrations. Red is a very important color in oriental culture as it represents happiness, wealth as well as protection from evil spirits and bad luck. This may be one of the reasons why Japanese eat Sekihan when they need a little boost in their life.

When you eat Sekihan, not only will the color Red protect you from bad sprits but the rice and the beans will also give you enough energy to get through life.

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