Lobster, New Year and Samurai
- Iseebi no kagamibiraki ya gusokubitsu
cutting the ricecakes
and taking off the lobsters -
armour in the chest
Morikawa Kyoriku (Kyoroku)
(Tr. Gabi Greve)
Some New Year celebrations with rice cakes and samurai
lobster-decoration, kazari-ebi, kazariebi
. . . . . kigo for New Year
decoration with a lobster
lobster, spiny lobster, iseebi, ise-ebi ise ebi
They are never fished in moonlit nights, because "the lobstes would
see the nets and not be stupid enough to get caught!".
They are a must on any festive occasion.
The samurai of Kamakura saw an auspicious connection with their armour
(yoroi) and the back shell of the lobster.
They get the red color from the first sun at Futamigaura, in Ise,
where the Gods reside.
First named by Kaibara Ekiken (1603-1714), because most catch comes
from the Ise area.
ikizukuri, prepared while still alive, is common.
Since they contain a lot of taurin, they are helpful in battling the
summer fatigue at the beginning of autumn.
Details and photos
Nowadays these lobsters are made of plastic or cord decorations.