Tag Archives: Japanese


Salt After Funeral

Description: After a funeral, people would put salt on themselves in order to keep spirits out of their home. Background: The informant observed the ritual from his mother. Transcript: ML: My mom puts salt on herself before entering the house after a funeral. Me: Is there a reason that your mom does that? ML: I… Continue Reading »

Passing Ashes After Cremation

Description: After a family member is cremated, the family would pass the remains across the family chopstick to chopstick. Background: The informant observed this in his family during funerals. Transcript: ML: Another thing I’ve noticed more is that we can’t pass food from chopstick to chopstick. Ao whenever we’re eating, and we share, she puts… Continue Reading »

Soba for Long Life

Description: During New Years, people would cook and eat long noodles believing it to mean having a long life. Background: This tradition is something that the informant’s family engage in every year. Transcript: ML: My mom would cook a certain soba noodle dish on new years to signify a long life. Toshikoshi Soba I think. … Continue Reading »