Friday, February 3, 2017


It was fine but very cold.

February 3 is known as setsubun (節分), which literally means to divide seasons. In Japan there are four seasons. Therefore we have four setsubun in a year.
However if we say setsubun, it means the day before the first spring day called Risshun (立春).
On this day we eat a rolled sushi called ehomaki (恵方巻), good luck direction roll. This year's good luck direction is North northwest. The rule of eating ehomaki is to face the good luck direction and eat ehomaki at a time without saying anything. I ate it at lunch and dinner.

Another custom is to scatter the roast beans to devils saying "Oni wa soto, fuku wa uchi (鬼は外、福は内)" which means the devils out, good luck in. Then we eat the beans. If you eat the same numbers of beans as your age, it is said you would not get sick.

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