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Setsubun

Hi there!This is Chika .

Today,I will introduce  one of Japanese culture which is called "Setsubun".
Setsubun literally means "division of seasons."
"setsubun" has now come to mean the day before the first day of spring only.
It usually occurs around February 3rd.






On the 3rd of Feb, in a custom called mame-maki, people throw and soy beans inside and outside their houses while saying,

"Oni-wa soto,Fuku-wa uchi"

(Get goblins out of the house! Invite happiness into the home!)
,I just looked up how we say "Oniwa soto,Fukuwa uchi" in English.
That's so interesting :-)


After throwing the beans, people  eat one roasted soy bean,for each year of their age, and pray for happiness throughout the year.

and then,we have a lomg sushi roll which is called "Ehou Maki".
We eat all in one go on the night of Setsubun, while facing silently toward the year's "lucky" direction with your eyes closed, wishing for perfect health and praying for prosperity of business


If you are in Japan now,you might have seen this advertisement or posters at the shops :-)
Why don't you enjoy Setsubun night on the 3rd of Feb??





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