Today, I want to introduce you to a unique and delicious Japanese dish called Ehomaki 恵方巻き.
Ehomaki, also known as Lucky Sushi Roll, is a thick sushi roll filled with various ingredients such as veggies, eggs, and seafood.
People eat this Lucky Sushi Roll on Setsubun, a Japanese holiday that marks the start of spring. You must eat it while facing the lucky direction of the year, which is determined by the zodiac sign. The lucky direction for this year 2023 is south-southeast (or, to be more precise, slightly south-southeast).
Eating Ehomaki has a few traditional rules that are meant to bring good fortune and prosperity. The rules are rather unique so the event brings lots of laughter among families. The rules include:
Eating Ehomaki in silence, without talking, to allow for concentration and focus on the task at hand.
Eating the entire Ehomaki roll at once, to symbolize the unity of mind and body.
Eating the Ehomaki without cutting it, to maintain its power and luck.
This year, Setsubun falls on February 3rd, and Ehomaki is the perfect way to celebrate the occasion. Eating Ehomaki while facing the lucky direction is believed to bring good fortune and happiness for the year ahead.
Making Ehomaki at home is easy and a fun activity to do with family and friends. All you need is sushi rice, seaweed, and your choice of fillings. You can get creative and make it your own, adding ingredients that you love.
We hope you are inspired to try making Ehomaki at home. It’s a delicious and traditional way to celebrate Setsubun and embrace the new season. Let us know if you give it a try, we would love to hear about your experience.