Wanna be an evangelist of Japanese culture: Setsubun

Friday, February 3, 2012


Today, February 3rd, there is an event which is called "Setsubun" in Japan.
In this event, Japanese people do "Mamemaki" in their house.
("Mamemaki" means bean-throwing.)

Japanese people had believed that "Mamemaki" rid themselves all unfortunate things.
Therefore they threw beans with saying "Oni wa soto, Fuku wa uchi".
*Oni wa soto = Demons out
 Fuku wa Uchi = Luck in
After that, they eat beans which is same number as their age.
This custom is performed with wishes their own good health.

In these days, "eho-maki" is also supported by Japanese people.
In this event, we turn to "Eho" and eat "Futomaki"(thickly rolled sushi) in silence.
"Eho" is different every year and this year's "Eho" is north-north west.
Originally this event was peculiar to West Japan, but spread through the all over Japan recently.