11th January is known as the day for "Kagami-biraki."
People eat "Oshiruko," which is sweet red beans soup with pieces of rice cakes in it.
On the other hand, it is not well known that 15th January was "Koshougatsu," which literally means "Small New Year's Day."
On "Koshougatsu," it is said that they eat "Azuki-gayu," rice porridge with red beans, though I have not had it before...
Here is what it looks like. Unlike "Oshiruko," this does not taste sweet.
Traditionally, red beans are believed to drive away evil spirits and keep you away from diseases. Although "Koshougatsu" is already gone, "Azuki-gayu" is still good for your health and easy to cook. Why don't you try it!?