Japan: Setsubun

Happy Spring! :) It was setsubun yesterday so today is officially the start of spring. It doesn’t feel like it so much though some small flakes of snow were falling in Osaka early this morning.

Yesterday we did some traditional end of winter/setsubun/bean throwing day activities.

We bought some makizushi – this tradition of eating a sushi roll on setsubun apparently started in Osaka. You should eat it facing a certain direction (depending on the year) in silence! Ours contained unagi (eel) so was really sweet.

Then we threw beans at Brown dressed as an oni (a demon), saying

Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!

– demons out, good luck in!

Finally we ate our age + 1 in soybeans!

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Hopefully we’ve driven away the evil spirits!

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