Monday, February 3, 2014

Happy Setsubun!

In with happiness, out with demons!

That`s what we say as we throw soy beans into the rooms and out the sliding doors as part of the Japanese custom at Setsubun*。
 Inviting happiness inside as we toss the beans on the tatami floors and inside rooms, and saying goodbye to misfortune as we open the doors to the verandah and throw beans outside!
 Y and I took turns wearing the oni (demon) mask as we threw the beans and shouted the above words in Japanese.

Then we eat e-ho maki (thick sushi rolls special for today) silently, facing a specified direction (east north east this year) no talking as we think of what we wish for in this year.

Another custom is to eat the soybeans, counting out the number for our age.  Guess which pile is mine and which is Y`s!  You can guess our ages too by counting the beans.  Flatter me by guessing an age far younger than I really am, and I will send you some soybeans from Japan to scatter in your home and outside!!'(thats a real offer if anyone wants to take me up on it, just leave a sign that you`re playing in the comments!)

*Setsubun is the day before the beginning of Spring in Japan. The name literally means "seasonal division", but usually the term refers to the Spring Setsubun, properly called Risshun celebrated yearly on February 3 as part of the Spring Festival.(from wikipedia definition)


Love and ai ♡kawarazu

1 comment:

ibb said...

Happy day. Definetely you are younger...
I will take my time to read to the packing

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