Nagoshi no Harae : Summer Purification, 2011

Nagoshi no Harae at Okazaki Shrine on June 30th

Home-made 'Minazuki'

Minazuki : special rice cake sweet for Nagoshi no Harae (the old ritual)
This triangle-shape expresses a piece of ice. In the old lunar calendar June is the mid-summer. People could hardly get ice in the summer time, those days. In stead of ice, they had this sweets, ‘minazuki’ which feels ice, asking for coolness.

The sweet red beans are used for the topping.
Those days Japanese people believed red beans protect us from evils such as diseases, disasters and so on.

Still now we have Minazuki on June 30th every year.

Please have a look at Nagoshi no Harae, 2009