What is “Big Kabu”? Familiarize yourself with seven familiar spring herbs

Million-dollar bestselling picture book “Big Nakabu”

A story with a beautiful rhythm

The sketch of “Big Nakabu” is very simple.

The children that my grandfather planted have grown a lot. I try to pull the cubs out myself and say “Yeah, dokkoisho”, but I can’t. Grandpa calls for grandma but still does not come, grandmother calls for grandchildren, nephew calls dogs. And, as the numbers steadily increase, the rhythmic screams of “Untokosho, Dokkoisho” will grow.

Loved by children for more than half a century

In Japan, the famous work “Okinakabu” (edited by A. Tolstoy, translated by Rikako Uchida, Tadayoshi Sato, Gospel Museum Bookstore) was released in 1966. According to Tohan’s “Million Book 2017 Edition”, a major book distributor, number of circulation is 2.88 million. This is one of the top 5 selling picture books. It is also popular in Japan, but in the beginning it was an old Russian story. Like a fairy tale, A. Tolstoy reconstructed the story of a picture book.
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Different block sizes

Small cubs are common in Japan

By the way, what is the size of the cubs you care about?

A common thing in Japan is the small cub. The cubs can be harvested when they are about 5 cm in diameter. Furthermore, the white root appears from the soil as it grows up, which can be said to be a vegetable that children easily spit out.

It’s not as big as “Yeah, Dokkoisho”. Speaking of large cubs in Japan, it is known that Seigoin, one of Kyoto’s vegetables. It is often used as the raw material for soaking a thousand pieces, and even though it weighs about 5 kg, it is still the size of a person.

Guinness tiger cubs weigh about 5 years old

So what is the size of a herd in the world?

According to the “Guinness World Records 2017” (Kakugawa ASCII Research Institute), the heaviest herd is 17.78 kg. It is a cub produced in 2004 in the United States. More severe is the Swedish cub (Western cub), which is slightly different from the Japanese white cub. It weighs 54 kg, which is about the average weight of a male junior high school student. In other words, unfortunately, “Big Nakabu” is just a story of a photo book. It doesn’t seem that big. It is not as big as cubs, but as of 2016, 1,025 kg of pumpkins were created in the world. If this happens, it looks like everyone has to say, “Yeah, dokkoisho.”

Cub has been familiar for a long time

As expected, “Big Nakabu” is the world of picture books. The cubs may have something to spark imagination. The story of the arrival of a large cub is also in Japan, and it is quoted in the essay collection “Big Kabu, The Difficult Avocado” (written by Haruki Murakami, Magazine House). The story is in the “Old and New Stories” volume and is quite adult. In any case, it seems even in Japan it is a familiar vegetable that makes me want to appear in stories from the Heian period.

Suzuna (cub) is the seven herbs of spring

There is also a herd of cubs at the Nanakusa porridge meal on January 7th. It seems that there are regional differences, but we eat seven spring herbs: Seri, Nazuna, Gogyo, Hakobella, Hotokenoza, Suzuna (cub) and Suzushiro (daikon) in porridge. January 7th is “Jinjitsu no Sekku”. In China, January 1 is Chicken Day, 2 is Dog Day, 3 is Ino Day, 4 is Sheep Day, 5 is Cow Day, and 6 is Horse Day. As a result, I tried not to kill each one that day. And the 7th is human day, and it is customary to eat soup containing seven vegetables. This dish was introduced to Japan and became a seven-herb porridge containing seven types of spring herbs.

Nanakusa porridge is a dish to pray for when sick and sick. In recent years, the seven herbs are sometimes sold in sets at supermarkets. The pack may also contain one thumb-sized white root.

A herd is rich in vitamins and full of nutrients from roots and leaves. It’s also good to feel a little story while eating.