The 7th of January is Nanakusa no Hi. Nanakusa refers to seven herbs or seven kinds of grass eaten together on this day as okayu (rice porridge) for good health for the rest of the year. The herbs typically include water dropwort, shepherd’s purse, cudweed, chickweed, nipplewort, turnip, and radish. It is also a great day of detox for your stomach following over-indulgence on New Year’sYear’s osechi. Interestingly, It was a national holiday during the Edo period. At Gokoku Shrine, the “Nanakusa Festival” is held every year to pray for the extermination of evil and no illness by offering the Nanakusa to the shrine. This year attendees will get Nanakusa Mochi instead of Nanakusa-gayu (2 pieces, ¥300 with a lucky charm). Click here to learn more about this winter tradition!