Japanese Coins in Colocasia Leaf

Japanese Yen in Colocasia leaf
Japanese coins in Colocasia leaf

Colocasia plant-leaf in a Buddhist temple in Tokyo. Japanese believers place money on Colocasia leaves to get their dreams fulfilled. Usually, they throw the coins in order to place them on the leaves. Colocasia is a genus of flowering plants in the family Araceae, native to southeastern Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.  Commonly known as Taro, which is called Chembu in Malayalam language, this plant has edible delicious root. The roots are useto make curry in India.

One similar plant is there in Japan also, which is known Satoimo (里芋、サトイモ). Satoimo means Village Potato. Satoimo has been propagated in Southeast Asia since the late Jōmon period. Taro root was a regional staple food before rice became predominant. In Japan, satoimo is usually prepared by simmering in fish stock (dashi) and soy sauce. The stalk, zuiki, can also be prepared a number of ways, depending on the variety.

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