Futsukayoi Hangover


Hangover (futsukayoi)

***** Location: Japan
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***** Category: Humanity


futsukayoi, futsuka-yoi ふつかよい【二日酔い/ 宿酔 】
"still feeling drunk on the second day"

My neighbours always suggest some umeboshi as a remedy.

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A hangover (veisalgia) or delayed alcohol-induced headache describes the sum of unpleasant physiological effects following heavy consumption of alcoholic beverages. The most commonly reported characteristics of a hangover include headache, nausea, sensitivity to light and noise, lethargy, dysphoria, diarrhea and thirst. A hangover may also induce psychological symptoms including heightened feelings of depression and anxiety.

Hypoglycemia, dehydration, acetaldehyde intoxication, and vitamin B12 deficiency are all theorized causes of hangover symptoms. Hangovers symptoms may persist for several days after alcohol was last consumed.

There is debate about whether a hangover might be prevented or at least mitigated, along with much folk medicine and simple quackery.

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Traditional Japanese remedies for hangover

Dried salted plums (umeboshi 梅干)

The caring housewife always keeps them handy when her husband came home late the night befor. It contains a lot of organic acid, which eases the stomach pains and nausea. It also contains sodium and potassium.
If the umeboshi is eaten before you start to drink, it is even better, since it will slow the absorption of alcohol.

Persimmon (kaki 柿)

They are used all over Asia to work their wonders on the next day. The catalase which they contain flushes the acetaldehyde out of the system. Potassium gets rid of the other alcoholic toxines and the persimmons add an extra amount of vitamin C to keep you fresh.

Venus clams (hamaguri 蛤 (はまぐり)

corbicula (shijimi 蜆)

Shijimijiru 蜆汁, しじみ汁 miso soup with corbicula clams

littleneck clam (asari 浅蜊 )

They are a familiar ingredient in the Morning Misu Soup. Their high concentration of glycogen, calcium and iron counteract the headache and heal the damaged cells. The other minerals and the amino acid of the miso soup itself is also healing and good for an irritated stomach.


Click for more red photos suika スイカ / 西瓜 watermelon
This is an ancient Chinese remedy, containing the antioxidizing aminoacid citrulline, which helps increase blood circulation and improves the liver function.
The company San Koa Suikatoo サン・コア西瓜糖 from Kumamoto put this substance in its "watermelon sugar remedy"
suika no chikara すいかの力 "power of the watermelon"

ninniku shotto ニンニクショット garlic shot
drinks with a high amount of vitamin B1, C and glucose. The vitamin B produces the same strong smell as the garlic. Garlic extract is also used, although it seems better to eat the garlic BEFORE drinking.

CLICK for more medicine ukon ウコン tumeric
kurkuma. Curcuma domestica
This is the YELLOW that turns the Indian curry into a delicious dish.
It is mostly grown in Okinawa and contained in many popular medicines. It can also be used for other medical purposes, like perventing cancer and depression and more. It soothes the upset stomach.
Ukon-medicines also contain other ingredients like fruit-extracts and herbs to combat hangover. In Okinawa, a lot of awamori schnaps is consumed.

supootsu dorinku スポーツドリンク Sports drinks
with many minerals are a modern treat, bringing magnesium and potassium back to the system.
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Honey (hachimitsu 蜂蜜 / はちみつ)

Another natural remedy is a spoonful of honey before going to bed, if you are still in control of what you are doing.

Worldwide use

Kater, Brummschädel

Things found on the way

Biiru ... Beer Bier

Jizake, local ricewine brands

Sake 酒 Rice wine (ricewine) Reiswein 

Shoochuu 焼酎 (しょうちゅう) Shochu, strong liquor


futsukayoi mono kawa hana no aru aida

youte nen nadeshiko sakeru ishi no ue

MORE - hokku about sake and a hangover by
. Matsuo Basho 松尾芭蕉 - Archives of the WKD .


futsukayoi asahi zo niou yamazakura

hangover -
the morning sunshine smells
of wild cherry blossoms

or ?

the morning sun
smells of my hangover -
wild cherry blossoms

Shiinomoto Saimaro 椎本才麿 (1656 - 1738, January 2)

He was born in Yamato as Hachirozaemon 八郎左衛門 and also used the haiku name 才丸.
He learned haiku from Ihara Saikaku.


. Hangover Haiku  


ukon no hana 鬱金の花 (うこんのはな) tumeric flowers

kigo for early autumn

. WKD : Tumeric, Kurkuma  

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Unknown said...

I have learned from hangover
Hangover is to prove that mankind can not progress forever.
In the morning I was in over drunk.
and in the evenings I drink again.


Gabi Greve said...

Hahaha, Sakuo san,
take good care, the Shoogatsu is just beginning ....

Gabi Greve - Basho archives said...

futsuka ei / monokawa hana no / aru aida

Matsuo Basho