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Sekihan (Japanese: 赤飯) means “red rice”, and is a traditional Japanese food usually eaten on important days.[1] It was originally brought from China during the Jōmon period and used red rice.[2] In modern times, it is made by steaming sticky rice and red beans. It is typically served in a bowl or in bento. Local specialty ingredients are often added to make it sweeter, such as peanuts in Chiba Prefecture, nattō in Yamanashi Prefecture and Hiroshima Prefecture, and sweet beans in Nagano Prefecture.[2]

In 2012, an organization was founded to promote sekihan in Japan.[3] It has declared November 23rd each year as Sekihan Day.

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  1. Itoh, Makiko (2015-09-25). "Sekihan: a recipe for magic beans and good luck". The Japan Times Online. ISSN 0447-5763. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Bring Yourself Good Luck With Sekihan, a Traditional and Auspicious Japanese Dish! – Japan Info". Japan Info. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  3. "赤飯文化啓発協会|お赤飯はしあわせご飯". Retrieved 2018-07-26.