Bean throwing

The 2nd Feb is Setsubun, a bean throwing celebration in Japan. Setsubun means the day between 2 seasons, the day before spring season on the current calendar. Normally, this day has been the 3rd Feb, but this year it falls on the 2nd, which is said to be about 124 years since we had it last. On this day, many people are supposed to scatter roasted soybeans both inside and outside shouting loudly, ” Oniwa soto ! ( Demon out !)” “Fukuwa uchi ! (Fortune in ! ) ” and eat the same number of beans as their age hoping for their health and happiness.

Recently, it’s been the trend that they enjoy giant rolled sushi called Ehomaki instead of eating soybeans because it’s so hard to eat lots of beans ( it means they’re old !? whoops…) We do it facing lucky direction in the year.

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