February 3rd is Setsubun, the division of seasons.
On the Setsubun day, everyone throw beans at Oni!
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WHAT IS SETSUBUN?
Setsubun means “seasonal division”. Setsubun is especially February 3rd, that day is the beginning of the spring. On the day of setsubun, everyone throw the soy beans outside at first, it is because oni (Japanese devil) comes from outside. And then, throw beans inside of the house, it is because that fortune will come to do so. We say these soy beans “fuku mame” in Japanese. “Fuku” means fortune, and “mame” means beans. After throw the beans, we pick up and eat them only the numbers of own age, praying for health and good luck of next year. (*Setsubun is about new year’s division in old calendar of Japan.)
We also eat ehoumaki on the setsubun day. Ehoumaki is the sushi roll, that brings good luck to people who eat it. Eat up everything in one go, facing the favorable direction of this year (the direction is changed every year), and you will get good luck.
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