Ohagi is a Japanese confectionary made with sweet rice and sweet azuki (red bean) paste. The name ‘Ohagi’ comes from the Hagi (Japanese bush clover) which blooms during autumn.
In Japanese food culture, Ohagi is usually made around the Equinox season. People make Ohagi to greet and welcome the mountain gods who bring the spring harvest as well as to show their appreciation for the autumn harvest. It is also believed that the red color of the azuki paste protects you from evil spirits and bad luck. Thus, people often bestow Ohagi at their ancestor’s grave and ask their ancestors to protect them.
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