Muuchi Day to wish for children to grow up healthy

<em>Muuchi</em> Day to wish for children to grow up healthy

On January 7, the Muuchi Day, customers visited the rice cake shop Yamaya to buy muuchi cakes in Naha.

January 8, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

January 8 (December 8 in the old lunar calendar) is the Muuchi Day to wish for children to grow up to be healthy and strong. Muuchi is a rice cake wrapped with sannin or shell ginger leaves. On January 7, cake shops in a market in Naha were crowded with customers and the smell from sannin leaves filled the street.

The rice cake shop Yamaya, which has four flavored items such as tonachin (sorghum flavor), opened at 9:00 a.m. As soon as the shop opened, customers came in and the white muuchi cakes were sold out before noon. On the day, a large amount of cakes delivered from the bakery were sold out.

Kazuko Shimabukuro, an 85-year-old who bought many cakes, said, “I came here last year on the Muuchi Day, but could not buy anything. I want to send them to my grandchild who lives in Kanagawa, so I came here a day earlier.” 

Chikara-muuchi is rice cake that makes boys who eat it very strong. Hachi-muuchi is given to grandchildren who welcome the first muuchi day. Many grandmothers bought them. Customers carrying many cakes in their arms went home happy.

(English translation by T&CT and Hitomi Shinzato)

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